By Philip Oommen, India
We have reached the end of 2003. It is a time to express our thanks to God for the great
things he has done this past year.
Many people ask us “How can I praise God in my present bad situation? He gives our friends
everything they pray for-while He does not answer us?” To them we answer:
“If we are not thankful, we are bitter and angry with God. If we are not content with God, we
become rebellious and complaining which are serious sins before God”.
Underlying these complaints and questions lie two errors in our thinking: that God is not
trustworthy and he doesn’t desire good.
When we compare these conclusions with Bible, we
discover how wrong we are! Bible teaches that God is hoveringly in control, providing for and
working out all the circumstances in the lives of those who live him and whom he has called
(Romans 8:28, 1Cor 10:13,Phili 4:6-7) He is intimately involved with us; he works out his
purposes through the events in our lives so that we may be conformed to the image of His Son.
We have further reason to praise him. The same God who formed the world in six days knows even
the hairs on our heads. The same God who chose a people for himself before we were born, sent
his Son to die on the cross to redeem us from our sins.
God’s love for us is not determined by
circumstances in our lives. His love is steadfast. Our career or finances might fluctuate or
totally break apart. In spite of that we can and we must give Him thanks for his love towards us. We must serve him with unhesitating hearts.
These days I spend an hour a day thanking God for the following blessings given to our family
in 2003. Telling testimonies about God brings fellowship, and fellowship brings joy. I write
this for the benefit of all readers especially the youngsters.