A couple days ago, the Lord whispered “Give thanks” in my ear, and there was a quickening in my spirit; He was sending a word to everyone who has been carrying a burden and cannot go further down a long road. You are spiritually drained and are being depleted by people, places and circumstances and you feel like you are going to emotionally explode. “Give thanks,” that’s His message and that simply means to be thankful even in the midst of your unimaginable pang and pain or in your present disappointment and disaster — I know certainly that it is NOT an easy thing to do. But open your heart by faith and remind yourself, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
“Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; I am God, and there is none like me, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose’” (Isaiah 46:9-10, ESV). There is purpose in your pain and the Lord is in complete control, He will accomplish His purpose; stand firm in the faith — for the eyes of the LORD are toward those whose hearts are unwavering, unshaken and righteous.
“Give thanks” and be thankful regardless of your circumstances; He is near you in your distress, trouble or pain. Choose to give thanks for His steadfast love and faithfulness — choose not to growl, grumble or complain. We serve a God who is indescribably mighty and is more than able to deliver you; His power is beyond description. His wisdom is profound, His power is vast and He is in absolute control of the depth and the duration of your affliction.
To give thanks means “to be grateful,” and the word “grate” according to www.google.com is a frame of metal bars for holding fuel when burning, as in a fireplace, furnace or stove — which I found very fascinating. Truth be told, battling adversity or affliction is not only debilitating but draining, so fill yourself up with praises, gratefulness and thanksgiving! The more you profoundly understand the love, goodness and power of God, the more you will praise Him and the more grateful you are going to be. “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it” said Daniel to King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 3:17), and as promised, the Lord delivered them from the blazing furnace — so He will deliver you and you shall give Him glory for He said, “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me!”