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Thank God in All Things- SERIES 3


Thank God in All Things 

It seems odd to say that we have to rejoice in our storms and now it is more peculiar that we need to thank God in all things.

In this third series of Rejoicing in our storms, we need to recognize that whatever storms we are into, we have to thank and acknowledge God that He is always in control.


We thank God in everything because in all our circumstances God has always a purpose.

1 Thessalonians 5:16 says that “in all circumstances give thanks to the Lord for it is the will of God.”

Paul is encouraging us to be grateful to God for there is something hidden in every storm we are into.

It is not easy to thank God in all our situations especially when all hell breaks loss and almost everything starts to rock your boat.

In Genesis 50:20 “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it good in order to bring about this present result to preserve the people alive.

In every circumstance happening in our life, nothing just happens.

It happens for a purpose.

When there is no way, God will make the way.


David in his Psalm says that this is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

We rejoice in our situations because whatever conditions we are in, God has created them for good.

I believe that there is always a miracle in disguise. It may be a problem for now but there is something to be learned in every problem we have that molds us and harness our potential to be a better person.

Have we realized that when we try to look back on so many problems that we have in the past, we laugh at them now?

We were sleepless, we may be having that much stress before but we can easily talk about it right now.

In some other way, we are thankful that we passed through that series of problems, tests, difficulties, and trials; because with that experience, we can say that it helps us to face challenges easier, further experience, and be more adept in handling situations.


After I graduated from High school in 1991, sad news came to me when the textile company where my father was working closed its operation and declare bankruptcy.

It means I will not be enrolling in college.

I retreated and hide from my classmates because I felt shy about not pursuing college.

I went to Manila and started to work as a part-time factory worker, a helper- dishwasher in Carenderia in Quezon City accepting the life that was never in my dreams.

My father started his own ice cream business from the separation pay he received from his previous company and was able to put up one pushcart “sorbets”.

From that single pushcart “sorbets”, he managed to acquire another one for me.

It was the beginning of my being a “Sorbetero “ or an ice cream vendor.

With the blessings that came into our lives, I enrolled later to pursue my college education. Studying during the weekdays, a Sorbetero during the weekend, and summer vacations.

There was one particular spot in my route where I have the most difficulty pushing the cart up the inclined and stiff road. The easy way to push the cart up is to move it forward in a zigzag motion.

Reaching the top of that road lead me to rest and pause praying to God that I will not be Sorbetero forever.

I did it for five years and the last time that I went out to sell and push that ice cream cart was right after I passed the Civil Engineering board examination.


The good thing about those experiences, we learned to thank God because despite our situations God never failed us during those rainy days.

God used those situations in our life to trust Him that His grace is sufficient and more than enough.

God had given us that ice cream so that I and my brothers could be able to finish our studies.

Before I was shy and asked God what had happened; but now I am proud and grateful for it.

The road that we may be walking right now is not the road you dream of, but never worry as God will be the one to direct our path.


The healthiness of our emotion is gratitude.

Gratitude increases our immunities and helps us to be resistant to any stress and be less susceptible to illness.

Because ungrateful people are miserable and nothing will make them happy.

Men with ungrateful attitudes have a miserable spirit.

A heart that is not contented; even if you give him everything, nothing will make him happy.

May God sustain you with a grateful spirit even amid the storm,





2 Kings 5:1-3

Is it that most of the time when we have problems, we immediately cast them out in Jesus’ name?

Little do we understand that problems come to us to serve their purpose not to break us but to build us.

It’s not meant to decrease us but rather to increase us.

Our afflictions, our conditions, our problems no matter to what degree have always been the solution.

“Do not be discouraged by our situation nor be disappointed by your condition if you know exactly that God has always a solution.”


Naaman was captain of King of Aram’s army, a great and vibrant man, courageous and highly respected, and a man of authority.

He was a national hero in Syria just like David in Israel. He was victorious and dangerous in every battle.

A man of valor, God has predestined him as an instrument of Aram’s success in all their battle.

The Problem Beneath

But despite all Naaman’s greatness and prestige, he had a problem. He was a leper.

He was mighty in the outside battle but Naaman was undergoing a secret battle inside.

Naaman has been in a secret storm.

Many of us may be successful in where we are right now but deep within, we are in a secret battle that God only knows.

Naaman had managed to hide his afflictions through his prestige and popularity.

He had able to hide his conditions behind the helmet and armor that he wore.

How do we hide our problem? Many of us also put the icing on our situations to hide the real truth of our conditions.

But we cannot hide it for long.

We may get envious of our bosses because they seem to be well off, wealthy and powerful. But we don’t know of their inner struggles. They may be driving the most expensive car and living in an elegant house but they are suicidal. They may be four months behind on their mortgage.

They seem to be living but like so many of us, they are also surviving. They have the money but they also suffering from diabetes or their family is not stable.

They may have everything but they are not happy because they are still looking for something.

Naaman is like that. He had everything but deep inside he was dying.

You may have everything but dying; some have not that much but living”.Affliction 1


Naaman had the dreaded disease Leprosy.

It is a disfiguring disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae bacteria which results in the lack of ability to feel pain and thus loss of parts and extremities due to repeated injuries or infection due to unnoticed wounds.

This disease slowly eats human flesh.

But leprosy is not just about in the physical realm. We may be suffering from spiritual leprosy, emotional leprosy, or financial leprosy.

Our afflictions are like leprosy that we don’t notice and it’s slowly eating us.

It’s slowly draining our energy.


No matter how we hide, it will surpass and float in time. We cannot make ourselves invisible from others by pretending that everything seems to be fine.

Naaman cannot control the nose of his peers from sniffing the stink that comes from his wounds.

He may manage not to disclose it from his comrade, but at home, she needs the aid of his slave to help her cleanse his wounds.

No stink that cannot be smelled. You need someone to comfort us, assist us when we have our afflictions.


Another dilemma about our situations is when we only live to survive.

When start to compare ourselves to anybody around us.

When we start to look at our conditions while seeing others are doing fine and seems others are doing all right.

When we focus on our conditions and convince ourselves that there is no cure to sickness then we are in the state of just surviving.


Another painful dilemma when we are in our leprous conditions is when everyone is leaving and no one is willing to help.

In the olden days, lepers were being separated away from the community and considered them as unclean. They were provided with a bell so that they could warn others when they were near.

When we have those situations, it’s more agonizing than even friends are rare to be found because they feel dreaded about you?

They feel your situations are now at a dead end.


Another worse thing about being in a deep problem is when they told you that there is no more solution to that problem.

When once the doctor has given an ultimatum that a man has already months to live.

This was Naaman’s predicament because he knows exactly that his leprosy has no cure.

There was no benefit or comfort in his disease. There was no medical expert at that time and they consider that this affliction is not a disease but a curse.

When we are in Naaman condition, we tend to “google” the situation and know exactly what our chance of survival is. We read a lot of medical books and self-help guides.

What is happening today, many learn to know much about their condition just to validate their hopelessness.

Little we don’t know, in times like this, we need to know more about the God who can heal us as He is the source of our life.


In verses 2-3, they have taken a captive little girl from the land of Israel and she became their slave.

Unknown to Naaman, the solution to his affliction is just right inside his house.

The little girl was instrumental in solving Naaman’s illness.

Is it when we go to battle that God already delivered them into our hands.

It is when before all the first-born babies were killed during the time of Moses that God already prepared the Pharaoh’s palace for him.

It is when before Joseph was sold to the Egyptian traders and suffered in Egypt that God already prepare the ring he will wear to rule as the second in command to Pharaoh.

When we lost our job, God has already prepared a new and better job for us.

But never expect that God has prepared a new husband for you when your spouse falls ashtrays. Don’t throw them away, just need some recycling.

All afflictions, problems, and temptations are common to man and God is faithful that He will not allow you to be tempted and tested beyond your ability to endure but He will provide you the way to escape as well.


I remember somebody says that the most difficult problem to face is when the problem is our face.

There is no exception.

Each of us has our own infirmities and we deal with them differently.

Never think that our problem is too big that we belittle the problem of others.

The little maiden, somehow little she was had also big problems. She was a woman, a captive, a slave, away from her family.

She had no freedom, no reputation of her own.

But little she was on the outside; she was big on the inside. What made her big is the God that she knows.


The woman’s problem became the solution to Naaman’s problem.

Your burden right now is the answer to others’ suffering.

You may be working away from your family and you missed them so much but the fact that you have these problems you are the answer to their problems as well.

You may be taking care of other children to sustain the needs of your own children.

You may be working in the home for the aged and you cannot personally take care of your old parents because you know the fact that you support her medication being away from them

Your sufferings and your burdens may be the solutions to others’ burdens.

The little girl’s problem is an instrument to bring Naaman in knowing God.

Naaman’s problem is an instrument to bring him humility and knowing the God Almighty.


Naaman on his way to Samaria brought with him the recommendation letter from the king of Aram, six thousand shekels of gold, ten talents, and ten changes of clothes.

We need to understand that even all our connections with the kings, all our wealth, our prestige, and our positions cannot solve all our problems.

All of these are not the answers to all your problems because if we think so, then we don’t need God anymore.

Our problems sometimes are the answer to our own problems.

To Know there is GOD

God has the purpose for why we went through all of these so that we know that there is God who can demonstrate His power.

In verse 8, Elisha said to the king never to be angry and don’t send back Naaman for him to know that there is a prophet in Israel.

We may not know why we are afflicted or amid troubles but God wanted us to experience miracles.

Our problems are like a forging instrument molding us to be someone God wants us to be transformed.

Far behind every obstacle is a miracle for those who believe.

There are no afflictions that there are no solutions to if we put it in the hand of God who knows best.

To Obey and Trust the Lord 

In verses 10-11 Elisha sent a messenger to tell him that he has to go to the Jordan river and wash them seven times and his skin shall be restored and he will be clean.

But Naaman was so furious and went away sad.

Our affliction teaches us to obey and be humble before God and heed his instruction.

Our usual response to our problem is to complain and become furious about our situations.

We tend to blame it on others, blame our fate and blame God.

People even remain proud thinking that they can do everything with their money, with someone whom they know.

God wanted us to do exactly what He wanted us to do.

He wanted us to dip down, bow down, stooped down, and acknowledge that we cannot do anything.

God will restore us when we follow (2 Kings 5:14)

He taught Naaman a lesson to forget himself and leave his fate in the hands of God.

God brings us to our knees and to prostrate to Him who is due of our reverence.


When we are blest, we are blest anyhow.

Never be so focused on your problem that you think that you are not blessed, because problems may seem to be a blessing in disguise.

It does not mean to harm you but to build you.

It does not mean to break you but to strengthen you.

It brings you to your knees to make you a man God will be pleased with.

May you find God’s purpose in your afflictions,




1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

God let It Happens for a Purpose


Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

We may be passing and experiencing right now a lot of troubles, testing, trials, persecutions, difficulties, hardships, family problems, loss, and so on…. and the big question on our heads is” How I can say thank you, Lord?”

Are all these experiences I have today and in the past God’s will for me?

But let me tell you that God allows things to happen for a purpose.

The story of Joseph

Joseph is loved by his father Jacob more than all his sons. His brothers saw that their father loved him so much more than all of his sons so they hated him.

His brothers plotted against him to put him to death and later on sold him to an Ishmaelite’s traders for twenty shekels of silver.

The traders brought Joseph to Egypt and sold him to the captain of Pharaoh’s bodyguard whose name was Potiphar.

In Egypt, Joseph found favor in the sight; he became a personal servant and overseer of Potiphar’s house and all he owns.

It did not last long when Potiphar’s wife desires Joseph.  But he refused to lie with her.

He was imprisoned when he was accused by his master’s wife that he had an evil intention for her.

He was put into jail where the king’s prisoners were confined.

But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.

Joseph became charged with all the prisoners who were in jail and the chief jailer did not supervise anything because whatever Joseph did, the Lord made to prosper.

Is it a Coincidence?

 From being a servant, he became a master.

From being a prisoner, he became a free man.

From being a slave, Joseph rose above and became one of the greatest leaders in Egypt.

Is it a coincidence that Joseph was sold by his brothers to be a slave of Potiphar?

When he was accused falsely so that he could be imprisoned among the King’s prisoners?

When does he interpret the dreams of his fellow prisoners so that in the end he will interpret the dreams of the Pharaoh?

When he was appointed ruler of Egypt so that he could save his family during the long years of famine?

For some, it may be a coincidence. But there is no coincidence in God.

God let it happens for a purpose.

God is at Work

 Maybe you have to experience the same things.

Maybe we blame God for all the uncertain events in our lives.

God works in ways we cannot see.

He works in ways sometimes we cannot understand.

He does things we cannot accept.

God is always at work and He allows things to happen for a good purpose.

Why did God Let it Happens?

To Bring out The Best in Us

Consider it all joy my brother when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance

 God is at work with our character.

St.James says that we have to count it all joy. St.Paul says that we rejoice in all circumstances.

We let various trials pass according as God is working out something for us.

This encounter shall not break us but rather make us.

To allow Him, He molds us into a wonderful creature that is according to His image and likeness.

Tested like Gold

Like gold to be refined and brings out the best it could, should be tested on fire.

Joseph underwent the same process.

Before he reached his prominence, he passed through that rigid test to equip him to be the fitting leader he became.

Endurance to last

We passed the same testing so that we could be equipped with our endurance.

Endurance that no matter how many rejections and hurdles we face in life, we will never give up but rather move forward till our dreams come to reality.

We will never be tired to reach our aspirations.

We will continue to hope for what we hoped for.

We Filipinos, despite dozens of storms and calamities that come in the Philippines, continue to rise above the edge.

No Yolanda could break our spirit.


The strongest storms meet one of the strongest people on earth.

Obedient to God’s will

Let things happen. Do not complain.

Instead of grumbling and murmuring, we let things pass with belief and trust that God knows what is best for us.

Abraham when God instructed him to leave his country never complains that he was too old to travel.

He did not doubt where God will lead his family to go.

There is no “what if”. There is no “why”.

To Test Our Faith

In times when we encounter uncertain events in our life, it is an opportunity to exercise our faith.

Only after 15 days after they departed from Egypt, the whole congregation grumbles against Moses and Aaron.

The Lord said to Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test whether or not they will walk in my instruction.- Exodus 16:1-4

To have that strong and hump muscle, we need to work it out. We need to exercise.

Uncertain events are instruments so that we could find our faith to work out.

He is the God of possibilities when we learn to trust Him amid difficulties.

God wants us to see what He sees and see things differently.

What happened during those 15 days was forgotten by the people of God. He divided the sea.

If God divided the sea, how much more He cannot provide the bread and water they need.

Never waiver on Our Faith

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.-Mt. 14:22-33

 Like Peter, God wanted us to walk on the water. He desired that we may overcome all the difficulties in our life, be prosperous in so many things, successful in our careers, happy in our marriages, and so on.

We started to sink when our focus depart from Jesus. When the thought that the wind and storm are stronger than the God we serve. When we magnify the problems it becomes bigger than our God.

He allowed us to sink so that we realize that we need help. That we can comprehend we can do anything without Him.

God saving hands is always at hand.

3. To Use  Our Power and Authority

 All of us are given the power to overcome.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me- Phil 4:13

Like David, he used what he had to fight Goliath. He had only five pieces of shiny stone, a sling, and big faith in God.

What is the Goliath you’re facing right now?

Think of things we have right now. Unleash the giant within us because God has given us much that we can use to be an overcomer.

We are bigger than we think. We are stronger than we thought. God believes in us more than we do.

Operate in the areas of our giftedness and we will taste success in our endeavors.

With all of these combined with faith, we will triumph over whatever goliath we are facing right now.

4. To Remind us that God is Always In Control

 Nothing just happens.

It was not a coincidence that Ruth gleans on the land of Boaz.

When Orpah left Naomi, she let her go.

When our job was removed from us. Let it go.

When your loved ones left you. Let them go

When our family members pass away. Let it go.

Our life will go on for our destiny does not depend on people but on God.

Our destiny is with God and He is always in control.

Maybe we are gleaning right now on land we don’t own, for now, the time will come we will be the landowner.

Maybe your boyfriend left you, don’t worry as God is in control.

You may be in a financial struggle by now, do not fear as God is in control.

You cannot judge your future by your past.

TD Jakes said that we cannot judge people’s destinies by their history.

God turns the Table for Good

 Joseph and Ruth’s story is a story of inspiration.

Their story could be our story.

It does not mean that when there are bad chapters in a book, it has a bad ending.

Joseph became the adopted son of Pharaoh and the lord of all Pharaoh’s household and ruler of all of Egypt.

Ruth the gleaners became the landowner. She became the grandmother of King David.

God always turns the table for our good.

In all things, God works for good for those who love Him.

God Let it Happens for His Own Purpose

 In Genesis 50:20 “ As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it good to bring about this present result to preserve the people alive.

In every circumstance happening in our life, nothing just happens.

It happens for a purpose.

When there is no way, God will make way.

May your happiness be full,