A man once watched a butterfly struggling to get out of its cocoon. In an effort to help it, he took a razor blade, and carefully slit the edge of the cocoon. The butterfly escaped from its problem…and immediately died.
It is God’s way to have the butterfly struggle. It is the struggle that causes its tiny heart to beat fast, and send the life’s blood into its wings. Trials have their purpose. They make us struggle – they bring us to our knees. They are the cocoon in which we often find ourselves. It is there that the life’s blood of faith in God helps us spread our wings.
Faith and thanksgiving are close friends. If you have faith in God, you will be thankful because you know His loving hand is upon you, even though you are in a lion’s den (see Daniel 6:16-22). That will give you a deep sense of joy, and joy is the barometer of the depth of faith you have in God. We have so much to be thankful for. God has given us “exceeding great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:4) that are “more to be desired than gold” (Psalm 19:10).
Do yourself a big favour – believe those promises, thank God continually for them, and let “your joy be full” (John 16:24).
Thanks to Ray Comfort from http://www.livingwaters.com for the inspiring passage above.