The Bible says in 1. Tim 5:18 we are to give thanks in all circumstances, for this is Yehovah’s will with us in Christ Jesus. What the Bible is saying is this, if we are Torah observant we are in Christ Jesus (1.John 2:6). If we are in Christ Jesus Yehovah wants us to give thanks in all circumstances. (1. Tim 5:18). Considering what He did for us at the cross when He freed us from the curse of the law of jealousy in Numbers 5 it is easy to give thanks for the cross, no matter what happens to us. But 1.Tim 5:18 also says we are to give thanks in all circumstances, so in everything that happens to us, we are expressing our trust in Yehovah by thanking Him. How is that possible? How is it possible to give thanks when life is in chaos, and everything you hold dear is gone?
I learned something about this yesterday I want to share with you.
I have my phone set up so that I get an automatic text message from the bank if someone makes a deposit to my account. It has always been a dream of mine that someday I would get the ultimate text message from the bank telling me someone had paid off all our debt and deposited a huge amount of money on my account. Yesterday my phone beeped two times and I got two text messages from my bank telling me someone had made two deposits of 20 and 40 USD on my account. What do you think was my first reaction? If you are struggling financially and your greatest dream is to become debt free, how would you react if this happened to you?
Perhaps you are not struggling financially, perhaps it is your health and your greatest dream is to be healed. How would you react if you improved some in your health but you were not yet completely healed?
As most of you know, my wife and I have struggled financially for some time now. It was our own fault and our own sin, something we have repented of years ago. Even though you repent of something, you still have to deal with the consequences of your actions. So we are still struggling financially even though we are now seeing a slow improvement after being granted a chapter 13 solution where we slowly but surely are able to pay off our debt.
In the midst of all of this Yehovah calls us to launch our own internet ministry and says we can’t charge money for anything. We are called to provide free prayer, free prophecy and free access to the online church. My wife and I both work fulltime jobs from 9-5 so this ministry is something we do on our free time.
Even though we dont charge any money for prayer, prophecy or access to the online church in this ministry it cost money to run it. We have to pay our internet provider and advertisement on Facebook on a monthly basis. If we can’t pay those bills we would have to close this ministry, and even though we will always continue to provide free ministry, it is a struggle sometimes when no one wants to support us financially. So far we have been able to pay the bills from our own pockets and continue keeping the ministry open and advertising it on Facebook.
Because someone decides to deposit 20 and 40 USD on our account yesterday, it makes it possible for my wife and me to pay for the ministry this month. And if nothing unexpected happens, we will be able to make it until payroll in January without having to struggle. So I was very thankful yesterday when my phone beeped twice and I opened those two text messages from the bank. But then something strange happened, I had this thought that went something like this “why did God only give us 20 and 40 USD when we need so much more than that to become debt free? Does He not care about our situation?”
All of the sudden my gratefulness had turned into ungratefulness and complaining.
Perhaps you can identify with this when you so much want to be healed, and then you see a slight improvement of your condition but not complete healing. You would be tempted to ask “why did God only improve my health when I need Him to heal me completely? Does He not care about how I feel and my needs?”
When Yehovah freed our forefathers from slavery in Egypt they knew He had promised them a land of milk and honey. They could have gone the shortest route from Egypt, but instead, Yehovah took them out into the wilderness. He improved their situation, but they did not immediately receive what He had promised them. In Numbers 20:13, Ex 17:7, Psalm 95:8, 1. Cor 10:11 we read how this tempted our forefathers to ask “why did God only improve our situation but not take us the easiest way to the land of milk and honey? Does He not care about us?”
Being tempted is never sin but if you act on your temptation it becomes a sin. What we act upon is also what we believe in and have faith in, that is why sin becomes so serious. When we sin we tell Yehovah we dont believe Him anymore but we choose to believe other “gods” and serve them instead.
Because they gave in to the temptation our forefathers complained, they questioned Gods intentions, and they were ungrateful. Complaining, questioning Gods intentions and being ungrateful angered Yehovah so much that He killed them all (1.Cor 10:11). Those who questioned God complained and acted ungratefully never saw the promised land. Their children, with the exception of Caleb and Joshua, was the generation whom God allowed to enter the promised land.
What is your promised land? Is it healing? Deliverance from debt and financial freedom? Do you want to enter into it or do you want to perish in the wilderness so your children can enter into it?
For my wife and me, the promised land is freedom from debt. It was caused by our own sin and our own stupidity and perhaps the illness you are struggling with is something you brought upon yourself. The Bible says Yehovah is merciful to forgive and restore us even when our own stupidity and sin causes us to wreck havoc in our own lives. (1. John 1:9) So we know from the Bible Yehovah can and will restore us even if the things we are struggling with right now comes from our own stupidity and sin.
When I was tempted to question God yesterday I was tempted to complain. It was so easy for me to give into the thought of “why did God only give us 20 and 40 USD? Does He not care about our situation?”. But then I remembered 1. Cor 10:11 and I stopped myself. I made a choice of being thankful for the fact that somehow we had been given just about enough money to make it through to next payroll and being able to pay the ministry bills this month.
Do you know what happened next?
Because I made the decision to be grateful for what I had been given, it became so easy to believe Yehovah for even bigger things. I have no doubt in my mind now that He is about to give my wife and I the promised land of freedom from debt.
How can I be so sure?
Of all the people who left Egypt, only Joshua and Caleb was given permission to enter the promised land. Whenever the Israelites faced opposition Joshua and Caleb showed trust and faith in Yehovah by giving thanks for the small blessings. They never complained, they never questioned Yehovah’s intentions and they trusted Him. Because of this, they were given the promised land, but those who complained questioned Him and acted ungratefully died in the desert.
I can know for sure He will give my wife and I the promised land because He did so for Joshua and Caleb. And if He will do it for us He will do it for you. The only thing you have to do is decide to be thankful for the small things and by doing so, show Him that you trust Him.
If you will refuse to complain, decide to be thankful even though it does not go your way and things dont happen the way you want them to, you will see the promised land.
Today it is Shabbat, and in a few hours from now, the sun will set. Make sure to celebrate the Shabbat because it is a sign between us and Yehovah showing Him we belong to Him.