Parable of the King Who Lost His Finger (Story with a Moral): God is Good, Even When Bad Things Happen to Us

A king had a male servant who, under all circumstances always said to him: “My king, do not be discouraged because everything God does is perfect, and He makes no mistakes.”

One day, they went hunting and a wild animal attacked the king. The servant managed to kill the animal but couldn’t prevent his majesty from losing a finger.

Furious and without showing any gratitude, the king said; “If God was good, I would not have been attacked and lose one finger”.

The servant replied: “Despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is good and everything He does is perfect; He is never wrong.”

Outraged by the response, the king ordered that the servant be imprisoned.

Later, the king left for another hunt and was captured by savages who used human
beings as sacrifice.

On the altar, the savages discovered that the king did not have one finger in place,
and released him because they considered him to “incomplete” to be offered to their gods.

On returning to his palace, the king authorised the release of his servant and told his servant: “My friend, God was really good to me. I was almost killed but for lack of a single finger, I was let go.”

“However, I have a question,” the king added. “If God is so good, why did He allow me to put you in prison?”

The servant wisely replied: “My king, if I had gone with you, I would have been sacrificed because I have no missing finger.”

Parable of the king and his servant

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18. KJV)


How to Avoid Getting Depressed

Ephesians 5:19-20 (NIV; emphasis mine) says “speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, ALWAYS giving thanks to God the Father for EVERYTHING, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ“.

How many of us give thanks to God the father “ALWAYS” and “for EVERYTHING“?

When things don’t work out our way, do we remain in an attitude of thanksgiving, even though our emotions don’t feel like it?

Or, do we instead nag, grumble or complain?

That said, I think the secret of preventing oneself from getting depressed is to “always give thanks“.

Sure, things don’t always turn out the way we want, but do we not trust God to cause “all things [to] work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28; KJV)?

Indeed, I find that many Christians living in comfortable societies are not in the habit of “always giving thanks”, although we are clearly instructed to do so in Ephesians. Instead, they have a grumbling, hard-to-please attitude. I guess such individuals have taken their comfortable lives for granted.

Besides having a thankful attitude, how many of us constantly practice “singing and making music from our hearts to the Lord“?

Music renders a positive, uplifting effect to our emotions, and thus, when we are devoid of music in our hearts — and on top of that, a lousy, grumbling attitude — is it no wonder that so many are depressed?

So, let us all commit Ephesians 5:19-20 to memory, so that we would be mindful about “ALWAYS giving thanks to God the Father for EVERYTHING“, and also to constantly “sing and make music from our hearts to the Lord“.

To help us in this endeavour, you may wish to play this scripture memory song over and over again: