My mother was telling me of a young boy who was being baptized. When he was asked if he had anything to say before he was submerged he said, “Thank God for God.” Yes, absolutely, thank God for God. Without God in our lives, I doubt this earth would still be rotating with life on it.
Someone might say, “How can I be thankful for this great and menacing problem I have right now?” We are thankful within the situation because we know that God is still God and He is the answer within that great problem. Who else can fix it? If it is an overwhelming disaster you are going through, then who else can deal in the areas of the overwhelming and impossible?
The Apostles had to answer this question when asked by Jesus if they would leave Him after He had said something controversial. Peter answers with the only answer available to them and to us, once we realize Jesus is Lord. John 6:68 Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. There it is. The Lord has the words and solutions we look for in our daily walk. Therefore, we give thanks to God because He guides us through this precarious world and all the snares that come our way every day.
God’s love for us is not determined by our ideas or thoughts of what love should be or how it is given. His love for us is His choice and will. He loves us with a perfect heart and nothing we do can stop His love toward us. He is holy, He is love, He is pure. Prov. 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Yes, thank God for God.
When bitterness and a lack of gratitude takes the place of thankfulness, we can start looking at all that is wrong in the world and become overwhelmed. When hopelessness starts to move in, that is when we need to turn things around and start giving thanks. The fog will lift and the possibilities within our heart will be reachable again.