Several People in Scripture Exercised Gratitude in Trying Circumstances
We see several examples of people showing thankfulness in Scripture, but we may be tempted to think that they only did so when God showered blessings upon them. After all, David had praised God after God had granted him victories, such as seen in Psalm 20.
Nevertheless, the Bible contains an enormous amount of examples of people who hit hard times and continued to praise the Lord. Because we look to these figures for examples of righteous living, let’s dive into these instances.
David, as mentioned before, didn’t have a great go at things from the start.
Igniting the King of Israel’s jealousy, he spends a good portion of his life on the run from Saul’s murderous rage (1 Samuel 23-24). Even when David ascends the throne, he loses his best friend to battle. Later, his own son tries to overthrow him, and his son dies a painful death (2 Samuel 18).
However, no matter what circumstance David encounters, we see him declaring the praises of the Lord in passages such as Psalm 86:12, Psalm 67:5, Psalm 9:1, and others.
Another example, Job, chooses not to curse God when his situation turns sour.
Satan wagers with God that if he takes away Job’s family, possessions, and health, that God’s faithful servant will turn on him and call curses upon his Creator (Job 1-2). Nevertheless, when Satan strikes Job, the opposite happens. Instead, Job praises God’s name (Job 1:21).
Even when his own wife, who managed to evade the disasters, tells him to curse God and die, Job chastises her saying, “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (Job 2:10) In other words, we can’t just praise God and exercise gratitude during the good moments, but the bad moments as well.
Lastly, in Acts 16, Paul and Silas (a ministerial friend of Paul), show how to praise God in the midst of a difficult trial.
Paul and Silas were wrongly strippped, beaten with rods, and imprisoned. But instead of choosing to lick their wounds, they sing praises to God in the jail cell (Acts 16:25). Throughout his ministry, Paul opts to exercise thankfulness despite often being homeless, imprisoned, beaten, or even pummelled with stones.
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