Gratitude Stories In The Bible

While we understand faith and service, we often fail to understand the importance of gratitude in our lives. Often, we call out for help when we are in crisis or need.  Yet, we forget to give thanks for the many blessings we have in our lives. 

Gratitude Stories In The Bible

The story of Job is one of the most famous stories on gratitude contained in the Bible. The story tells of the prosperous and righteous Job, with enormous wealth and his many children. Job is God-fearing and mindful of his duty to God and lives in abundance and happiness with his large family.

One day Satan appears before God in heaven, and God tells of his devoted follower Job. Satan taunts God, saying that Job would curse God without his wealth and children. 

God allows Satan to test Job, only making Satan promise not to harm Job himself.

Satan rains all disasters on Job, taking all his livestock and wealth. Satan even causes a hall to collapse on all his children, leaving him with no heirs.

However, even though every peril rained upon Job, he does not turn away from God or turn to sin. God restores his fortune double-fold despite his perils once Job surrenders his pride and offers his heart to the Lord.

Then Job says, “My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you.” This statement tells us that we draw closer to God through suffering, and through devotion and thankfulness, we shall prevail. 

Gratitude Stories In The Bible

One of the favorite stories on gratitude for children must be the story of Daniel in the den of lions. Daniel was the favored administrator of King Darius, and he lived a righteous and God-fearing life. 

Due to Daniels’s royal favor, others became jealous of him and coveted his position of well-earned power.

These men fooled King Darius into issuing an edict that prohibited anyone from giving praise to their God for thirty days in pain of death. In service to God above all else, Daniel continued to pray and gave thanks to God three times a day.

Daniels’s enemies caught Daniel praying, and he was sentenced to being thrown into a den of hungry lions. As the boulder closed on his escape, the enemies taunted him to ask God to rescue him from his predicament.

The next day, the King found Daniel untouched and alive. Daniel told the King that God had sent an angel who shut the mouths of the ferocious beasts. The King was filled with relief and happiness that his trusted advisor was safe.  He told all his people to fear and worship the God of Daniel.

This story shows us that being grateful and keeping faith in God, despite the perils, may bring us closer to God and his blessings and protection. 

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