Last night, a group of friends were gathered around tables outside a coffee shop, reading scriptures and talking about God stuff. Someone in the group said that as she looked back in her journals, she noticed that she used to always thank God for selfish things: “Thank You for giving me this, thank You for giving me that; thank You for blessing me with this, thank You for blessing me with that.” Lately, however, the tone has changed to “Thank you for doing Your will, Lord. I praise You for doing Your will.”
There is a big difference between the two perspectives. When we praise God for doing our will, that’s great – He has answered our prayers and fulfilled our desires, which is wonderful. But going further in the faith, when we are thanking Him for accomplishing His will, we are able to thank Him for all things, even things we might not like at the time, knowing God is accomplishing His will in earth as it is in heaven.
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20
Now we can say, I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1
He who speaks of himself seeks his own glory: but he who seeks the glory of Him who sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. John 7:18
So, are you praising God for doing your will or for doing His will?