“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us
with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”
Please read this story I read from a devotional: “Tennis superstar Arthur Ashe died of AIDS, which he contracted from a blood transfusion during heart surgery. More than a great athlete, Ashe was a gentleman who inspired and encouraged many with his exemplary behavior on and off the court.
Ashe could have become embittered and self-pitying in the face of his disease, but he main- tained a grateful attitude. He explained, “If I asked, ‘Why me?’ about my troubles, I would have to ask, ‘Why me?’ about my blessings. Why my winning Wimbledon? Why my marrying a beau- tiful, gifted woman and having a wonderful child?”” What would have been your own response or reaction towards undeserved suffering?
Ashe’s attitude rebukes those of us who often grumble, “Why me? Why is God allowing this to happen?” Even if we’re suffering acutely, we must not forget the mercies God pours into our lives such things as food, shelter, and friends, blessings that many are deprived of.
We grumble and complain ignoring the spiritual blessings He has given us and still pouring on us. Friends, let us take a decision in holding the word of God, reading and meditating daily on it. We will have the knowledge of His saving grace, the comfort of His Spirit, and the joyful assur- ance of life everlasting with Jesus.
Think about God’s blessings and ask, “Why me?” Then your grumbling will give way to praise. God never stops giving us reasons to praise Him.
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