Thankful Worry by Jennifer Waddle

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Thankful Worry
Series: Prayer Worrier - Turning Every Worry into Powerful Prayer
Jennifer Waddle
Job 1:21

In no way was Job prepared for the terrible things that happened to him and his family. Yet, in all his loss and pain there didn't seem to be a sense of panic. With every blow there seemed to be even more devotion to God. How was this possible?

I believe it was because He was prepared to praise God in every circumstance.

''Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the Name of the Lord be praised.'' (Job 1:21)

Our human nature is to freak out, shake our fists, ask why, and be anything but thankful. After all, when something bad happens, we aren't usually in the frame of mind to worship God.

However, what if thankfulness and praise were such a part of our daily, even hourly lives, we were able to continue to genuinely thank Him even in the trials?

Read these words of Paul from the book of Philippians…

''…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him Who gives me strength.'' (Philippians 1:11-13)

What a wealth of wisdom in these 3 verses!

>He learned to be content whatever the circumstance.

>He knew both hardship and comfort.

>He realized the secret of doing everything in the strength of the Lord.

BothPaul and Job knew the secret of living in the strength of God. How?

Because they knew God.

They knew Him intimately and were confident in His Divine character and perfect Sovereignty. That is the only way they were able to give thanks in the most difficult of circumstances.

Sisters, what do we know to be true about God? Are we sure He is who He says He is? We must be certain of Him in order to have certainty of our future.

The great news is, the secret Paul spoke of, the secret of being content in every situation, has been made known to us as well! We have the same Spirit Who raised Jesus from the dead. His strength is also our strength.

Thankful prayers are powerful prayers.

It may seem like we are not being fully honest with God when we say, ''Thank You,'' in times of trouble. Perhaps we don't even feel thankful. But believe me, (from personal experience), when we choose to praise Him even when we are a mess inside, His peace never fails to wash over the circumstance!

''Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.'' (Philippians 4:6-7)

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