Giving Thanks In Hard Times!

I know some may be asking how can we and why should we give thanks in hard times? What an oxymoron concept! But that is where my imagination has begun this morning.

I was reading about this man who:

  • Had 7 sons and 3 daughters
  • Owned 7000 sheep
  • Owned 3000 camels
  • Owned 500 yoke of oxen
  • Owned 500 donkeys
  • Had a large number of servants

This man lost all he had in one instant.  The details of his loss are below:

13 Now on the day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 14 a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the [a]donkeys feeding beside them, 15 and [b]the Sabeans [c]attacked and took them. They also [d]slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and [e]I alone have escaped to tell you.” 16 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 17 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three bands and made a raid on the camels and took them and [f]slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” 18 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19 and behold, a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people and they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you.” Job 1:13-19 (NASB)

The despicable and incredible wickedness of Satan exposed

After reading about this man’s loss I had to review the hidden parts of the story in more detail. The backdrop of Job’s loss began as the result of a test that God allowed Satan to administer. The real truth about Job’s loss is found in Job 1:6-12 where we discover that:

6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and [a]Satan also came among them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” 8 The Lord said to Satan, “Have you [b]considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, [c]fearing God and turning away from evil.” 9 Then Satan answered the [d]Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.” 12 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your [e]power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the Lord.

The truth is that every loss Job experienced and even the “fire that fell from heaven” in Job 1:16 was actually fire that Satan used and set up so he could destroy Job’s sheep and Job’s servants. Today Satan still uses many methods and schemes to destroy the happiness of human beings. The challenge though is how do we reach to the point of Giving Thanks In Hard Times?

When every thing is going wrong –  I lost my job, I have no food, my washing machine has suddenly stopped working, I have no money, my family is sick, all sorts of things going wrong at one time – how do I reach to the highpoint like Job in Job 1:20-22 and begin to give thanks.

In Job 1:20-22 (NASB)  it states:

Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 He said,

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked I shall return there.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

22 Through all this Job did not sin nor did he [a]blame God.

Even as I read this story as I am posting this I just keep being “re-astounded”/”re-astonished”  at how much Satan hates and has no good purpose whatsoever towards mankind.  As if Job had not lost enough already Satan was determined to finish Job off – Satan put in his second requisition to torment Job in Job 2:3-8 (NASB):

3 The Lord said to Satan, “Have you [a]considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man [b]fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds fast his integrity, although you incited Me against him to [c]ruin him without cause.” 4 Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. 5 However, put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh; he will curse You to Your face.” 6 So the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your [d]power, only spare his life.”

7 Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And he took a potsherd to scrape himself while he was sitting among the ashes.

The agony and hardship Job faced just because Satan hates to see us happy and rejoicing as humans clearly establishes that our enemy Satan is always out for our destruction, but one of the main reasons why Satan keeps on bringing different hard times to our world is so as to stifle and snuff out our praise, our happiness, our rejoicing and our worship. He wants us to be so overcome by our hard times that we no longer focus on the beauties that still exist and the power of God to change things around for us now and also at the last day.

When a person is able to muster whatever praise he or she has to God during his or her hard time this is when we gain the victory over our enemy Satan. Over the years Satan has constantly maligned, distorted and misrepresented God to many people. He has stood in between good friends and caused relationships to disintegrate by causing hurt and pain. Satan is just what the Word of God says – a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. – 1 Peter 5:8 (NASB)

To reach to the point of Giving Thanks In Hard Times takes courage and determination and constant prayer. This week the words of this song spoke to me like never before. It says:

When you’re up against a struggle, that shatters all your dreams
And your hopes have been cruelly crushed by Satan’s manifested schemes
And you feel the urge within you to submit to earthly fear
Don’t let the faith you’re standing in seem to disappear

Praise the Lord, He will work through those who praise Him
Praise the Lord, for our God inhabits praise
Praise the Lord, for the chains that seem to bind you
Serve only to remind you, that they drop powerless behind you
When you praise Him

Now, Satan is a liar and he wants to make us think
That we are paupers, when he knows himself we’re children of the King
So lift up the mighty shield of faith for the battle must be won
We know that Jesus Christ has risen and the work’s already done

Praise the Lord, He will work through those who praise Him
Praise the Lord, for our God inhabits praise
Praise the Lord, for the chains that seem to bind you
Serve only to remind you, that they drop powerless behind you
When you praise Him

Praise the Lord, He will work through those who praise Him
Praise the Lord, for our God abides in our praise
Praise the Lord, for the chains that seem to bind you
Serve only to remind you, that they drop powerless behind you
When you praise Him

When you praise Him
When you praise Him
When you praise
When you praise, you praise the Lord
Praise the Lord

Songwriters
HUDSON, MICHAEL VINCENT/BANNISTER, ELLIOTT B.

Published by
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Compliments: Russ Taff – Praise The Lord Lyrics | MetroLyrics

There is a psychological game/strategy that Satan uses to try to make us fearful, discouraged and want to coil up in a corner because of the hard times and mean situations we see manifesting themselves around us daily, however, there is great peace, rejoicing and happiness to be experienced once you realise that the chains that seem to bind you Serve only to remind you, that they drop powerless behind you When you praise Him” – Praising Jesus is Key because: 

  1. God inhabits praise  – He lives in the very presence of our thankfulness!
  2. God is Able to take any situation and turn in around for our benefit – even those that seem to bind us!
  3. God can restore anything the enemy tries to steal from us!
  4. Praising God out loud and reading His Words out loud gives you power and vitality to cope in hard times!
  5. Singing to God out loud and in secret establish a presence of power around us as God’s angels gather to help us through our struggles!
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