I was recently talking to a lovely lady who was suffering from severe depression. There is some teaching out there that says that we are to praise God for all things, and she was desperately trying to thank God for her depression.
…….giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20
This verse tells us to thank God for all things, but the word ‘for’ here is actually the Greek word hyper meaning over, beyond or more than.
John 10:10 clearly tell us that it is the devil that comes to steal, kill and destroy, and that Jesus came that we might have life, and have it in abundance.
Praising God for all things would mean that we would praise Him for murder, war, poverty, rape, death and destruction.
What about Psalm 106:1, and a myriad of other verses that say that:
Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. (emphasis mine)
I personally don’t believe that a good God, a God of love, Who only wants the best for us, would expect us to thank Him for the bad things that happen to us.
…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Conversely, God encourages us to give Him thanks in all things, or in the midst of all things, and that is a big difference.
I would be really interested to hear what your opinion is on this.
Thank you to everyone who have been praying for me since my last post. My prayer ministers and myself are finally getting some answers. Instead of me trying to ‘work it all out’, I have just been praising, and just like that, my prayer ministers ‘knew’ what has been causing the depression. All I can say is “Praise God!”