Why Should I Be Thankful for Hard Times? Billy Graham’s Answer

By   •   September 12, 2018   •   Topics: , ,

Hurricane Irma
God calls us to give thanks even in the midst of hard times, such as the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Q: Our pastor gave a sermon recently about how we ought to thank God for everything. But how can we be thankful when bad things happen to us? I’m fighting cancer right now, and I admit I don’t feel very thankful. If anything, I feel angry and depressed.

A: Your pastor was right; we should be thankful to God for everything that happens to us, both good and bad. The Bible says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

But is this realistic—or even possible? Yes, it is, once we understand why we should be thankful. Take your situation, for example. Cancer is a terrible disease, and we aren’t called to be thankful for things that are evil. But you can be thankful that God has promised to be with you, even when life isn’t the way you wish it were. We are never alone when we know Christ! God’s promise is true: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

We also can be thankful for the hope we have because of . Hopefully you’ll be cured, and you certainly should pray this will happen. But death comes eventually to us all, and when we know Christ, we know we will be with Him in Heaven forever. Even in life’s hardest times, we have hope.

If you have never done so, and . Then thank Him every day that He is with you, and ahead of you is Heaven. Sometimes even life’s hardest times become a blessing, because through them we discover God’s love for us. The Bible says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you” (James 4:8).

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  1. Thuan Domski says:

    For five-and-a-half years, my husband has been fighting cancer, and he is now in the last stage of it. The best doctors in the country can’t do anything because they can’t tell what exactly is causing the cancer to act the way it does in my husband. But we give thanks to the Lord daily, for the Lord is good, and His love endures forever! Cancer may be there, but the Lord will never stop loving us. For that reason we continue to give thanks! God is good all of the time, and all of the time we give thanks to God! Amen.

  2. Rebecca says:

    My epileptic son is a single parent, and I have been raising his 3 kids. We both lost our jobs, I can’t pay bills and my son has seizures and is depressed. I am a Christian and I am teaching the kids. It’s been the worst year of my life, yet I praise Him in this storm!

  3. Regina Haynes says:

    We are not poor, but my health is not good and we have only one automobile. I thank God always for what we have. I need heart surgery, but I need some dental work done first, and I can’t afford it. So I thank God for allowing me to feel as well as I do, and I know he is in control. Have a blessed day.

  4. King Johnson says:

    Whether it is a storm in your home state or a spiritual storm across this world, light will always come piercing through!