How Can I Celebrate When Things Are So Bad?
Question: As a Christian, I know I should always be thankful, but in this economy, itâ€™s so hard to feel grateful. I mean, people are losing jobs, homes and having more health problems than ever. How can I celebrate anything with all thatâ€™s going on?
Answer: You can celebrate, because the Word of God tells us, â€œin everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for youâ€ (I Thess. 5:18). This doesnâ€™t mean that you have to be happy about all thatâ€™s going on, but you can choose to rejoice in spite of the situation.
If you choose to focus on the negative news stories in the media, you will surely be miserable and sad, but if you choose to focus on the goodness of God, your outlook will be brighter. Itâ€™s up to you. Whose report will you believe?
WORLD’S REPORT: The economy is going down… GOD’S REPORT: â€œBecause he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will de- liver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.â€ Psa. 91:14
WORLD’S REPORT: Itâ€™s bad and getting worse… GOD’S REPORT: â€œAnd my God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.â€ Phil. 4:19
WORLD’S REPORT: The price of every- thing is going up… GOD’S REPORT: â€œBe anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be know to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all under- standing, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.â€ Phil. 4:6-7
The Word of God reminds us that God demonstrates His love towards His people. As a Christian, you can and should be part of demonstrating Godâ€™s love.
(1) READ BOOKS OR GO ON-LINE. Bibleverses.com and Biblegateway.com are just two sites among thousands that will put the Word of God at your fingertips and impress the word upon your heart.
(2) TAKE PART IN SHARING GODâ€™S LOVE WITH OTHERS. Plan a celebration or join in to help your church or another organization/agency to help others have a wonderful holiday season.