@ChanJ I think the discussion between yourself and @josueaparicio hit on a really crucial point. Gratitude in all circumstances - both good and bad - is very important. I think the danger here is rooting our trust in God in our circumstances. It would be wrong to say, “I trust in God because He healed me…” No, we trust in God whether He heals us or not, whether He delivers us from trials or not - we trust Him because we have seen His heart in Jesus Christ. Rather, as @josueaparicio noted, we should thank God when He does deliver us out of sickness or persecution, but we should also thank and trust Him when He does not.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 - Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
We see that Job had this attitude early on in his extreme trials. He refused to curse God because He knew that He could not understand God’s ways.
Job 1:21 - And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
As New Testament believers, we see that Jesus told us that we would suffer in this world, but that even in our suffering we should not be discouraged because Jesus is our Lord and Master. And Jesus has conquered death itself! As the old preacher saying goes, we should trust God’s heart even when we cannot trace His hand.
John 16:33 - “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Romans 8:18 - I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Hebrews 2:14-15 - Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
Furthermore, we see that Jesus emphasizes that the greatest treasure we possess is Himself. Miraculous signs / wonders / healing cannot compare to Him. Jesus is our treasure - whether our life is good or bad, Christ is our joy and salvation.
Luke 10:18-20 - He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
John 17:3 - Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
Furthermore, if we look at Paul we see that when he did boast about God’s work in his life, he boasted about the cross. The cross is the power of God to salvation. The cross is the greatest demonstration of God’s love. The cross is our hope and the means of reconciliation with God. The cross, the cross, the cross! What love and what grace!
Galatians 6:14 - May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
So I think my perspective would be: Express gratitude for every good thing in your life, but if you are going to boast, boast only that you know Christ because of the love He has shown for us through His sacrifice and the power of His resurrection
- our trust is in God whether He heals or not
- our boasting is in the cross of Christ, through which even death itself is conquered
- our treasure is Christ Himself