How Can I Celebrate When Things Are So Bad?

By Pastor Brenda Timberlake

Question: As a Christian, I know I should always be thankful, but in this economy, it\’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 that\’s going on?

Answer: You can celebrate, because the Word of God tells us, “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (I Thess. 5:18). This doesn\’t mean that you have to be happy about all that\’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. It\’s up to you. Whose report will you believe?

WORLD’S REPORT: The economy is going down… GOD’S REPORT: “Because 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.” Psa. 91:14

WORLD’S REPORT: It\’s bad and getting worse… GOD’S REPORT: “And my God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:19

WORLD’S REPORT: The price of every- thing is going up… GOD’S REPORT: “Be 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.” 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 God\’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 GOD\’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.

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