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With adversity, say, 'Thanks, God. I needed that'

Psalm 100, a song of thanksgiving to God for his faithfulness to his people, is one of the most well-known and oft-recited of the psalms. In verses 4 to 5 the psalmist wrote, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Be thankful to him, and bless his name. For the Lord he is good...."

As I read this psalm, I'm reminded of the many good things that come my way. The experiences that I may consider to be blessings are far too numerable for me to recount. There is no doubt but that each one comes from God; therefore, I must ask myself this question: "Am I truly thankful for all that God has given; and, am I mindful from whom every blessing comes?"

We live in a world where we see many things as a mere coincidence. After all, we live in a world of natural and physical law. Seasons come, and seasons go. The natural changing of the seasons is something that we come to expect, thus we often take such things for granted.

Something I have learned from the Scriptures is that the rain falls upon the just and the unjust alike; but we are also told that "every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights" (James 1:17).

How many times do we curse the wind, rather than setting the sail? Or, how many times do we curse the darkness, rather than light a candle?

Our ignorance as to the "why" and "wherefore" cause us to react differently than we should.

It is easier to see the bad rather than the good, but we're also told, "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

How can I possibly be thankful for the adverse situations in my life?

The answer, sometimes easier said than done, is to recognize that God is in control of all things; and, as the psalmist wrote, "For the Lord, He is good!"

There are times when I may feel sorry for myself, and at other times I may even be so bold as to question the working of God.

However, I cannot see the future, but God can. Therefore, I must rest fully upon the promise, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those or the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).

So, the next time things don't go as planned, and you wonder whether or not the situation is good or bad, know that God is in control; and remember to say, "Thanks, I needed that," and bless his name; for he is worthy of your praise.