1 CHRONICLES 23:30
A series of troubles hit a family friend like a thunderstorm: unleashing rain, wind, lighting and hail all at the same into his life.
His only son was carried away by sea waves, a second year medical student who had gone with his friends to swim. (name of university withheld). His wife got depressed and resigned from her Banking job. A year later, he was involved in one of the most fatal accidents on the Cape Coast Winneba road and was hospitalised for eight months at Korle Bu. He underwent three surgeries and ran into financial difficulties. He was struggling to pay bills, take care of his wife’s depression and the fees of his two daughters in one of the most expensive schools in Accra. On one occasion when I visited him, he told me all his friends had abandoned him. “Was it the case of Biblical Job? Yet he would thank God, praise Him and magnify Him anytime we were praying. There’s power in gratitude. There’s power in magnifying God. He recovered after a year and half in the hospital, and started work. His wife was also treated. He would often dance in church to express his gratitude to God for his blessings and not his challenges. Gratitude is often presented in terms of counting ones blessings. We magnify God and show gratitude to Him for the blessings.
Your ability to show gratitude doesn’t really depend on how many blessings we have to count at a particular time. You can always show gratitude irrespective of the circumstances; and most importantly, we have the ultimate blessing: a good relationship with a good Father (God). Always look beyond your circumstances in the presence of God. It doesn’t matter who, what, when and how the circumstances came into, or out of your life, you can always count on God to be with you.
“Never I will I leave you; Never will I forsake you”. (Hebrews 13:5b NIV).
God’s presence is constant. Psalm 139:7 “Where can I go from your Spirit”? “Where can I flee from your presence”? Keep reminding yourself of God’s presence and promises and keep showing gratitude. Whilst others are lamenting, complaining about delays, broken promises and hard times, show gratitude for even the smallest gift, and the rest will surely come.
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.