Even when its dark, thank God!

Are you navigating through a valley in your life? Feeling discouraged and questioning God’s goodness? If so, I invite you to join us on a journey through the remarkable life of Matthew Henry, a renowned Bible scholar and commentator who remarkably demonstrated the transformative power of gratitude amidst life’s trials.

Matthew Henry was a man of deep faith. He authored the popular Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary and was known for his spiritual depth. However, his life was not without challenges. In one instance, while en route to a church meeting, he was confronted by a robber and robbed at gunpoint. A terrifying incident that would naturally evoke fear, anger, and resentment in many of us. Yet, Matthew’s response was strikingly different.

Rather than expressing anger or resentment, Matthew Henry chose to express gratitude. Yes, gratitude amidst adversity. This may seem improbable or even absurd to some, but Matthew’s faith-induced response to this ordeal holds a profound lesson for us all.

How did he manage to maintain such a perspective? He drew upon a profound understanding of the biblical injunction in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” It was his deep-rooted belief in the undying goodness of God that led him to see the silver lining in a seemingly dark cloud.

Matthew Henry was able to express gratitude for never having been robbed before, for his life being spared, for the robber taking only his money and not his horse or clothes, for the loss being replaceable over time, and most importantly, for him being the one who was robbed and not the robber.

This extraordinary demonstration of gratitude is not merely a tale from the annals of Christian history. It is a practical lesson for all of us, regardless of our faith, beliefs, or life situations. It teaches us that gratitude is not merely a feeling we experience when things go our way, but a choice we make, even when the circumstances are far from favorable.

The Matthew Henry story compels us to challenge our natural tendencies to complain or get angry when faced with adversity. Instead, it encourages us to foster a heart of gratitude, a heart that sees the goodness of God even in the darkest times. It reminds us that the valleys in life are not merely places of hardship but are fertile grounds for growth, transformation, and fruitfulness.

The key takeaway from the Matthew Henry story is that gratitude is a powerful force that can reshape our perspective, transform our experiences, and ultimately, our lives. As we navigate through the various valleys of life, let us remember to cultivate a heart of gratitude, knowing that the God of the mountain is still God in the valley, the God of the good times is still God in the bad times, and the God of the day is still God in the night.

In the words of Matthew Henry himself, “Thanksgiving is good, but thanks living is better.” So, let’s strive to live a life of gratitude, even amidst our trials. For in doing so, we may find that our darkest times can indeed be transformed into seasons of profound growth, blessing, and triumph.

ByJustus Musinguzi

You may not know what the future holds, but if you know the God who holds the future, then that's enough. It is better to walk in the darkness with this God, than to walk in the light alone. It is better to remain in the desolate wilderness and walk in the valleys with God than to go to the magnificent promised and be on the pinacles of glory without him. The future is as bright as the promises of God! Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

One thought on “Embracing Gratitude in the Midst of Trials: The Matthew Henry Story”
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