2 Corinthians 2:14 - But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.
We have so much to be thankful for. Sometimes it is really easy to lose sight of those things. As life gets hard and we get overwhelmed with all the busyness we forget all that God has done.
I know that life as a Christian is not easy. There are times that standing up for what is right is harder than anything else you will have to do. When you are in one of these moments it is hard to see beyond it and be thankful, I know this. But I also know that during these times it perhaps the most important time to give thanks. It’s not about being thankful that you are in a hard time, but that God is leading you through it.
That is one of the great things about being found in Christ. When you give your life to Him you are born into His life. From that moment on you are never alone. God is always with you. Through every trial and hardship He will lead the way. And as we can see from this verse, He is not just leading you to get through. God always leads us in triumphal procession. We are triumphant. Even before we have actually made it through the trial we know that we will triumph over it.
Now that is something to be thankful for. Follow God and you will always triumph over your hardship. And as you do triumph, God will show others through you that knowing Him is amazing. They will see your thankfulness in the hardship and then your triumph over it and will want to know what, or rather who you know. God will use your hardship to bring others to know Him.