Travel Journal 2018 — May 17
It’s hard to express thankfulness to YHVH when life is throwing you some pretty mean curve balls isn’t it? There is a story that goes something like this: Saint Peter is taking a man on a tour of heaven; as they walk through the halls of the administration building the man notices a lot of activity coming and going from one of the offices; “What happens in that room,” he asks St. Peter. “Oh, that is where requests are processed,” St. Peter replies, “always a very busy place.” As the two walk on they pass a room that is very quiet, not a lot of activity coming from this office. “What happens here,” the man asks. “Well,” St. Peter says somewhat sadly, “this is where the expressions of gratitude for answered prayer are processed.”
Psalm 107:1, Oh give thanks to YHVH, for he is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!
We are quick to ask, but are we slow to acknowledge thanks? And if we do express our gratitude to YHVH are we only grateful for the good things that come our way like provision and deliverance, or do we thank Him for the trials and tribulations also?
If it is true that we are special and highly favored of YHVH; that He has “glued” us into the palm of His hand (John 10:29), then it must be that all things that come upon us, both the good and the bad, are allowed by Him. The apostle Paul helps us understand this in Rom 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” And Joseph, the son of Jacob, first voiced this mystery of YHVH when he said to his brothers, (Gen 50:20), “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”
YHVH has promised that He will never leave us or forsake us, (Deut 31:6 and 8). Even though you may think it impossible for you, at this moment in your “valley of the shadow of death” to do this, take a moment to express something, anything you are thankful for to YHVH. As you express gratitude the vicious spiral into the dark depths of hatred, bitterness, resentment, jealousy, strife and all manner of ugliness and dissension will be broken. Expressing gratitude to YHVH releases the darkness and allows us to walk in the Light of His presence manifesting the fruits of His Holy Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness and self-control. Do this as often as needed! Do it even when you don’t think its needed!
1Thess 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Yashua our Messiah concerning you.”