Right attitude 2
speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. - Ephesians 5:19-20
Whatever the delay or challenge you encounter, don't ever stop praising and thanking God for anticipated miracles. God is a good God, no wonder He admonishes us to always praise Him. When you are thankful because of what you see, even in the midst of challenges, you will see God working things out for you. The fact that you are on a mountain shows there is a valley around you as well so don't let your focus be on the valley or what the enemy is doing; don't focus on the darkness because behind every darkness is light. It is darkness that defines light.
How can you thank God in all things? It is because God can work through anything, He can work things out, no matter how messy they seem to be. When a pot is broken, people throw it away but God doesn't do that. He repairs the broken pot. He is the potter and you are the clay. When people say it is finished, God says “I am just starting, I am the alpha and Omega and you are in-between”. Therefore, nobody can say it is over for you until God says so. May you learn to thank God.
Murmurers are destroyed. Don't murmur but thank God. In the midst of challenges, learn to dance your way to blessing. (Romans 8:32). Whatever you desire is inferior compared with Jesus. Paul says if God could give you His best gift, there is nothing you ever need in life that He cannot give. God is a God who weighs action. It is true that God is great but if your thinking is negative, if your attitude is that you cannot make it, then you will not make it. It is not because God is limited but because you have limited God through your negative attitude.
Hannah went through provocation from Peninnah until God answered her. As long as Hannah reacted to Peninnah's taunts, she remained sorrowful though she was loved by her husband. This continued until she went to God in Shiloh in the bitterness of her soul. Eli's insensitive remark towards her was enough for Hannah to think everything was working against her but she humbly explained herself to the man of God. With this response, Eli did not even bother to ask what her prayer request was, he simply prayed for her (1 Samuel 1:16,17).
The good news is that Hannah's prayer was answered, she gave birth to Samuel, who was more than 10 children. If not for Peninah's unfriendly attitude towards Hannah, she wouldn't have prayed and and if not for her prayer, she wouldn't have had Samuel. Beloved, your enemies' attack is all working for your good. You will eventually thank God when you see how oppositions have been turned around.
Prayer: May I pass God's test by having a right attitude to life; not being lazy and indolent. May I learn to continuously praise Him regardless of the circumstance.
Further Reading: Phillippians.1:28; 1 Corinthians.10:1-7
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Jeremiah 33:1-34:22; 1 Timothy 4:1-16; Psalm 89:1-13; Proverbs 25:23-24