Friday December 19
Giving Thanks in the Midst of Trials

Romans 8:26-27 

As the apostle Paul sought to spread the gospel, he experienced suffering, unjust treatment, and deprivation (2 Cor. 11:24-27). But that didn’t stop him from giving thanks to God in all circumstances (1 Thess. 5:18).

In Romans 8, Paul gave us some powerful reasons for being encouraged in hard times. We have the promise of divine . . .

Intercession. In times of weakness, when we are overcome with weariness or unsure of what to do, the Holy Spirit speaks to the Father on our behalf. Our indwelling Guide is committed to supporting us, and His prayers always fit God’s will. What’s more, our Savior intercedes for us (Heb. 7:25). We’re never left on our own or forgotten.

Intervention. The Spirit acts as a supernatural shepherd who watches over us and directs us in the way we should go. He always works in accordance with God’s plan to transform us into the image of Christ. His efforts focus first on our inner life so we will develop the same attitudes that Jesus had. Once we have these new patterns of thinking, He teaches us how to respond to people and crises in ways that both glorify the Lord and benefit us. Learning to meet life’s trials with a peaceful heart and a worry-free mind are of great value.

Do your circumstances seem like too much to handle? Remember: As believers, we live under the umbrella of our Father’s constant watchful care, regardless of what life may throw our way. Jesus is continuously praying for us, and the Holy Spirit is working all things together for our good. These are excellent reasons to give thanks.

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