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When There Is Nothing to Be Thankful For

Updated on June 18, 2018

When There Is Nothing To Be Thankful For




Though the fig tree does not bud

and there are no grapes on the vines,


Though the olive crop fails

and the fields produce no food,


Though there are no sheep in the pen

and no cattle in the stalls,


Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

I will be joyful in God my Savior.



Habakuk 3:17-18


We give thanks to God for all the blessings we receive from Him. We give thanks for food on our table, protection and safety of our loved ones, good health of the whole family, good-paying job, a great spouse and children. Surely we should give thanks for all those things.


But what do we do when we do not receive these “great things” in life ? Or when God withheld His blessings upon our life ? Are we still going to give thanks and praises to God when we have nothing but material deprivations, sickness, persecutions or harsh treatments from others or a broken home ?


When our prayers remain unanswered for many years, our desires are not being fulfilled, are dreams are shattered and when there is nothing seem to go right and everything seems go wrong, could we still afford to give thanks to God and give glory and praises to His Name ?


The prophet Habakuk is one of the greatest men of faith in the Bible yet he is confronted with a very difficult and seemingly hopeless situation.


Habakuk’s people, the nation of Judah have turned away from the Lord and indulged heavily in evil practices of idolatry. Everyone in the nation of Judah had become corrupt from the king down to the ordinary men on the streets. The rich were extremely rich and the poor were extremely poor. There is a great violence prevailing in the whole land and injustices rules throughout the country. On top of a decaying society of Habakuk’s day was an impending invasion of a powerful and most cruel enemy – the Babylonians.


Habakuk, the great man of faith was in a most difficult, most dangerous and most uncomfortable situation. Amidst the evil and seemingly hopeless situation, Habakuk waited on God to act, for God to display once again His awesome power to the rebellious people.


Habakuk prayed for Judah’s deliverance and anticipated that God will once again deliver His people. God answered him, but hardly in the way Habakuk had anticipated. God said He was sending the Babylonians to punish Judah. God’s words described a ruthless, savage army that would tear Israel apart. So Habakuk complained again, could this be justice punishing Judah through an even more evil nation.


Nevertheless, even in the middle of an evil situation, Habakuk, the man of faith was able to rejoice. In the passage given above, Habakuk was describing what would happen when the Babylonians invade Judah.


The invaders will take away everything. They will take away the food and the wine, the sheep and the cattle. They will not only take away everything, they will also destroy everything that they could not take away. They will destroy all the fruit-bearing trees, the vineyards and the field crops . After the Babylonians finished invasion of Judah, there will be a great famine in the land.


Habakuk, the man of faith nevertheless could still rejoice, “ I will be joyful in God my Savior” he declared inspite of an imminent disaster.


Even in a seemingly hopeless situation, when there is no any single reason to be thankful for, we could still rejoice and give thanks as Habakuk did. We have always a reason to be thankful for when everything seems went wrong. We could always give thanks for our salvation. Even if we lose our health or our job, or our savings, we may still rejoice in God who has saved us from the power of sin.The joyful reality of our salvation is a great reason to be always jubilant in the Lord, it far outweighs whatever pain and sorrow our present circumstances may bring. Salvation is still the greatest blessing a person may receive in his lifetime.


For we who trust in God, there is always reason to rejoice.Whether we have much or little, whether we are blessed or materially deprived and whether we are healthy or sick. Our joy is in the Lord not merely on His blessings. Our happiness is in God our Savior not in what He gives.


Our greatest treasure in life is not found in blessings the Lord gives, but is found in our relationship with God. The Lord is our ultimate possession . He is our portion and our very great reward.


This article was an excerpt fron the Book “When everything Goes Wrong” by William B. Girao . I revised some of the wordings of the original article. This book has been a source of my comfort during the trying moments of my life.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 7 years ago from Manila

      Hi Rosalyn, thank you for dropping by. I am glad that this hub has been an encouragement to you. Blessings.

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      rosalyn lopez 7 years ago

      i really really encourage of what i read todya.im so tired im so tired.but you know what GOD is Good all the time and all of you are the things that use as a reminder.thankyou so much.And GODBLESS US

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 7 years ago from Manila

      Hi DeBorrah K. Ogans it is great to read your comment here. Thank you for taking time to read this hub. It is very encouraging to read your comment. Yes it is very important to develop an ongoing relationship with the Lord for relationship with God is the true source of power and inspiration in living. Blessings and regards.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Cristina, Wonderful & Encouraging! I whole heartedly agree with RevLady "Marvelous hub!" "Our greatest treasure in life is not found in blessings the Lord gives, but is found in our relationship with God. The Lord is our ultimate possession . He is our portion and our very great reward." Amen! This is a very insightful message you have presented here! There is always HOPE in the the LORD!

      It is so very important to develop and ongoing relationship with the Lord! Thank you for sharing, IN HIS Love, Joy & Peace & Blessings!

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 7 years ago from Manila

      Hello Brother Jim, it is great to hear from you again. Surely if we will only learn to count all our blessings, they indeed outstand our adversities. Thank you for gracing this hub. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Blessings to you. Regards.

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      matt6v33 7 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      very well done, young lady, proud of u! its sad, to see nowadays, that some choose to take things for granted, and seem to not, "Count their Blessings, Nameing them, One by One, To See, What He has Done"! great hub.. keep going..

      In Christian Charity,

      Just Me!

      Jim

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 7 years ago from Manila

      Hi Raymond Tremain it is nice to hear your comment here. Thank you for taking time to visit this hub. Thank you also for the additional remark you posted here. These are all much appreciated. Yes I agree with you Habakuk is a strong person but on top of everything Habakuk is one person who truly loves the Lord with all his heart, soul, mind and strength. There is no hypocrisy in his love for the Lord. The Lord is the most important treasure in his life. The Lord God is his everything. Trial do come to a christian to test where his heart is, does his heart belong to material things or truly belong to the Lord. It is only by God's sustaining grace we can remain faithful and strong in times of adversities. Truly the Lord will sustain us in times of trials. He is faithful. Blessings to you and regards.

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      Raymond Tremain 7 years ago from Metro Manila Philippines

      Cristina, we all say many things now, but how many will end up going the other way when times really come down hard on them.

      To follow Habakkuk one would need to be a very strong person, and I kno that there are many who could be the same way as he was.

      During our life time we get into some situations that we feel that we can't get out of, and this is a testing time for us. I may be off the track here but the Lord said to Habakkuk that he was going to do something to the nations, the Lord said look and watch, and be utterly amaze, there are many things going on now with the world that we are amazed at, so many disasters everywhere, and we are still able to give thanks to our Lord.

      God loves all

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 7 years ago from Manila

      HI Dave it is nice to hear from you again. Thank you for dropping by, Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Yes even in desperately difficult times we should be thankful to God. Amidst our crisis, God will be faithful to us, He will continue to sustain us. He will never leave us nor forsake us amidst the difficult circumstances in our life if we remain faithful to Him. Blessings to you and regards.

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Ate Cristina: "When there is nothing to be thankful for." Impossible to fathom such a time. Even in desperately hard times we should be thanking God for His reproof of us and for showing us that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, even if we cannot see it.

      Brother Dave.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 7 years ago from Manila

      Hi lifegate it is good to hear from you again. Thank you for dropping by. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. God blesses us with good things because it is His nature to bless. He is a blessing God. Blessings to you. Have a great day.

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      William Kovacic 7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Cristina,

      The thought occurred to me that the blessings of God are just that--blessings. He doesn't owe us anything, but all good and perfect gifts do come from Him. Praise His Name!

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 7 years ago from Manila

      Hi Ken R. Abell it is good to hear from you again. Your visit is much appreciated. I am glad you find this hub encouraging. Blessings to you and regards.

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      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Well said. Very encouraging reminder. Thumbs Up to be sure. Blessings.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 7 years ago from Manila

      Hi Micahel Adams 1969 it is good to hear from you. Thank for dropping by. Your visit is much appreciated. Yes in everything give thanks for this is God's will in Christ Jesus. Blessings to you.

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      Isaiah Michael 7 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      IN ALL THINGS GIVE THANKS AMEN wonderful and inspiring!

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 7 years ago from Manila

      Hi samsons1 it is great to hear from you again. Your comment and visit to this hub is much appreciated. Yes there are many times in my life also that I could have given up but God's love is a stubborn love. Through the trials of life there is no other alternatives but to remain in God's love.Yes His ways are much much higher than our ways. Blessings to you and regards.

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      Sam 7 years ago from Tennessee

      up & useful! Well written and inspirational hub. God's ways are so much higher than our ways- I would have given up on me long ago... but He didn't and I love Him for it.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 7 years ago from Manila

      Hi Psalmist4M it is great to hear from you again. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Yes we should always thank God for who He is. It is really amazing to realize when we think of who He is and who we are. Inspite of our unworthiness, He gave very great consideration for us when He gave His one and only begotten Son. Thank you for an additional input. Blessings to you. Best regards.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 7 years ago from Manila

      Hi RevLady it is gread to hear from you tonight. It is very encouraging to read your comment. Thank you for gracing this hub.As always, your visit is greatly appreciated. Truly the Lord is our greatest treasure, our portion forever, our very great reward. In Him, we are complete. There is no other God like Him, awesome in Power, majestic in glory, marvelous in wonder and has an unconditional love for us. Throughout all the world, we will never find somebody with a heart as beautiful as the heart of God. Let us always rejoice in Him. Remain blessed always. Best regards.

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      Psalmist4M 7 years ago from the Shelter of His Wings

      Awesome, I thank God for who He is to us... that He would even consider us or have us on his mind... that He loves me so much that He gave his only begotten son for me...

      "He is great and his mercy endures forever."

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      "Our greatest treasure in life is not found in blessings the Lord gives, but is found in our relationship with God. The Lord is our ultimate possession." AMEN, AMEN.

      God is the BLESSING and all the blessings He gives are mere manifestations of Him through our relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.

      Marvelous hub Cristina. Thank you and bless you for the information contained in it.

      Forever His,

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