Sometimes, God will give me the blessing of feedback or expressed gratitude from those I have helped, but it doesn’t happen very often. But I have never been concerned about others acknowledging the kind, many times sacrificial, acts that I did for them. I have acted in each case because I knew it was the right thing to do, and I know that, even if I get no gratitude in this world from the people I help, my Father in Heaven is Faithful and will not forget the things that I have done in His Name (Heb. 6:10). I know that I am not working for people’s gratitude, nor am I working for the recognition that I might get in the various acts that I do for others. In everything that I do, I do it for the good pleasure of my Father in Heaven and His Blessed Son Jesus. This is the attitude we should all have as we go about our various tasks, errands, or entertainments at our jobs, in the community, in our homes, and even abroad. Everything that we do, we should do everything for the Lord (Eph. 6:7), we should do it for His glory (1 Cor. 10:31), we should do it in His Name (Col 3:17), and we should do it heartily (Col. 3:23), giving all our effort since we are working for God Who has done more for us than we will ever be able to repay.
Not only are all our acts done for God, but all our trials are for His glory as well. We may get the pleasure of knowing why we have suffered through various trials while still here on this earth as God reminds us in the moment while we are reaping the benefit of those trials or difficulties, sometimes as we are able to minister to others or maybe simply to prepare us for an event later on in which we will have compassion and understanding of others by the wisdom that has been bestowed upon us from the trial. God reminded me recently about the purpose to trials when I noticed that my son had broken his passenger side mirror. As I found out from my wife, this happened when he clipped a mailbox in a misjudgment of the car’s clearance. It’s a simple mistake and one which many people make. Moreover, I had made this same mistake a couple of times in my old pickup truck that I had from 2006 to 2010. So, due to my having made the error before, I was able to have compassion and patience for my son in this error. Of course, I wasn’t so pleased at the time when I damaged the side mirror to my truck. In fact, it was during a very rough period with my PTSD, so as with many difficulties during that period, they cut me a little more deeply since my spirit was already wounded. God could have kept me from making the mistake, but He allowed it to happen so that I could be more understanding and compassionate for my son later on.
Now, this is a critical point to remember about our various mistakes or the trials that come from our mistakes. God does have the ability to keep us from making these mistakes if He wants to. I know that He has stopped me numerous times from doing something when I wasn’t paying enough attention to what I was doing, perhaps while driving. When He intervened to help me, I knew immediately afterwards as a thought then popped into my head to tell me that He had directly intervened, making me take action to avoid a disaster at the very last minute, basically guiding my hands or the muscles of my body to react in a certain way. I assume that this is a common experience for others. There is a country song about the experience – “Jesus Take the Wheel” by Carrie Underwood. It’s a very sweet song about God intervening in moments of crisis and His Faithfulness in getting us out of many very difficult circumstances. We should always remember and return gratitude as we notice the many things that God does for us out of His Infinite Compassion. And we should never forget that He is the Savior, not just at the moment of salvation when we bow in submission at the cross. No, He is our Savior every single day of our lives and every moment of our day.
I pray that, if you have not made Him your Savior, that you will do it today. And if He is your Savior, please thank Him for that moment when you experienced a new birth, and thank Him for His Loving Kindness that He gives you every moment of every day and for delivering you from the many troubles of your life.