Colossians 2:7, …rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Habakkuk 3:17, 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, 18yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

I’ve been teaching a series on Sundays entitled, “Bold: Living An Audacious Faith.” We can thank God in good times, but do we thank God in bad times? When our lives don’t make sense and our prayers go unanswered,  can we still thank God? God says, “Gratitude builds your faith!” Gratitude helps you remember the faith-lessons that God has already taught you.

When the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk went through tough times, he said in Habakkuk 3:17, “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, 18sill I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” In his trouble, Habakkuk rejoiced and thanked God! When everything in Habakkuk’s life stunk, He still rejoiced and thanked God. Why did Habakkuk do that? He knew that God could see him through every tough situation.  If you are going through tough times, remember… Gratitude to God builds your faith.

Take care and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D