Faith Filled Family Magazine November 2016 - Page 44

Not some things. Not only good times. Not once in a while but always for all things. God knows troubles and temptations come. He knows Christians fall into temptation and do not look to Him when tragedy strikes. This is not an excuse for believers to not turn to God first and foremost. He wants His children to run to Him, not the world or another person. He wants to provide the comfort and guidance believers need when in the face of adversity and hopelessness. God is good and His mercy endures forever (Psa 107:1). God’s goodness and mercy are enough to give thanks for. Believers can chose not to give Him thanks but by doing so, cut themselves off from the richness of His glory to man. Even in the trials and tribulations, God’s mercy and goodness do not cease. They do not get turned off for a season, nor do they get dimmed to only a glimmer of light at times. No, His mercy and goodness are a free gift to believers as deep as an endless well. Romans 8:18 (KJV) says, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” As in joyous times and in sufferings, God is present and His glory to be revealed in believers is nothing to compare to the bad times. No matter how awful things may turn, the glory of God is above all sufferings, trials, and tribulations. When something adverse occurs, believers need not to run away from God, but run to Him with all speed and grip Him and hold Him tight. Nothing in this world nor person on this planet can bring the comfort the Great Comforter can. Angst and pain may seem unsurmountable at the moment with no ending in sight, but God is above all of this and is present in the lives and hearts of them to comfort and guide them through the twists and turns thrown at believers to lead them out of the darkness of the moment and into His glory, everlasting glory. When the inevitable times come where giving thanks to God seem contradictory or counterintuitive, these are the moments when God needs to be held as closely as possible in all His glory, comfort, and strength. John Lysaught resides in El Paso, Texas with his wife and four children, three dogs, and one cat. He works for the Department of the United States Army and enjoys studying and writing about our Savior and God.