“Be thankful in ALL circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
I must be honest, sometimes it’s the “all” in that verse that gets me. Most of us can be thankful, for lots of things, at lots of times, but in “all” circumstances? C’mon, that can be tough, right???
What about when you find yourself suffering illness, or defeat, or you’re walking through huge loss … what about when a loved one leaves this world too soon and you still can’t see past your tears …. or when you’ve been praying for your prodigal loved one to come home and it seems like the prayers are going unanswered …. what about when you’re discouraged, disillusioned, and struggling with disbelief …
Or when you’re overwhelmed, overextended, and just fighting being over-stressed …. what about when the needs mount high and the way doesn’t look clear; or when people are cruel, life seems unfair, and the enemy’s breathing down your back … what about when the storms come, and the car breaks down, or the air conditioner stops working on a holiday weekend …..
Yes, these are the “all” things that Paul is talking about and honestly can be hard to find gratitude in, whether it’s huge losses or just life irritations. But God’s Word never changes to fit our circumstances ….
His Truth rises above our circumstance, so that we can too. He doesn’t say give thanks “for it”, but “in it all,” for He knows He’s building more deeply into our lives and character than He could ever build without the hard times ….
We’re gaining strength — We’re gaining perseverance and we’re being reminded that true joy is never based on how we feel or our outside situations. We’ve been given understanding that God’s ways are bigger, His thoughts are higher, and we can be assured that He holds us in His hands ….
And He is with us …Always.
No matter what you might be facing, the good news is this, you woke up. He’s given us today. And if we’re still here, living and breathing, may our every breath bring honor to Him.
Be assured my friend, you never fight the battles alone. Stay strong. Choose joy. Choose to be grateful in it “all.” For He is building greatness. He’s working things out for good. He hears our prayers, He sees all, and knows all. He has purpose for our pain, and brings hope for our tomorrows ….
Recognize today, that the most difficult challenge you’re facing right now, may actually be a greater blessing, as God is working in and through your life in powerful ways. No matter how hard, choose to give Him thanks, in “all” things.
Let us pray ~
Dear Lord Jesus; I pray that as I face a new day; I may reflect Your loveliness in the things that I say and do.
I pray that You will give me the love that is in Your heart so that I may give Your love to others.
I pray that You will give me something of Your wisdom so that I may help and encourage those with whom I come in contact today. I pray that You will give me something of Your patience, so that I may show the same grace and mercy towards those that are in difficulty or discouraged.
I pray that You will grant me Your grace so that I may be equipped to forgive the insults or carelessness of others towards me ….
I pray that in all things Jesus may be seen in me…
I pray that today I may be quick to praise You in all I say and do and slow to criticise. I pray that I may be quick to encourage others rather than complain.
I pray that I may be slow to get angry or discouraged and may I have a heart that is quick to forgive and not criticise or condemn. And God, I pray that I may also be generous in my giving and not selfish with the things that are mine.
Grant me today to be a real encouragement to all I meet and help me to keep my tongue from any foolish words which might hurt or discourage – and thank You for the life that You have given me today, may today bring honour to Your name, Amen …..
God bless you all ~