1 Thessalonian 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
This is a brief command on the norm of Christian living, which is dramatically difference from the standard of this world. Our salvation is the ground for joy. Christian is able to rejoice always. It is our nature and the fruit of the Holy Spirit. We are called to pray frequently, this is what we can commit to do. As a result, we will have the insight and motivation to give thanks.
The emphasis here is “always”, “without ceasing” and “in all circumstances”. By the power of the Holy Spirit, this is something we can experience and need to practice. He who calls us to do this will certainly give us power to do so.
Apostle Paul who was under persecution wrote this to the Church in Thessalonica. He is confident to tell us this is the “will of God” for us to be joyful, prayerful and thankful in any time and any place.
If you feel like it is difficult to give thanks, let us learn to focus on the goodness of God, His sovereignty and His plan to this world. Let us trust that His will prospers in all circumstances.
May His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. May we give thanks the provision and protection He has given us. LORD, help us to rejoice, pray and give thanks in all circumstances.
November 25, 2015