“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
As Paul is closing out his first letter to the Thessalonian church, he gives a few quick lines of what to do or not to do. One of these is to rejoice, pray, and give thanks for every situation.
It is easy for most people, even those in the world, to rejoice when things are going great in their life. Some will give thanks for the things for when things are going great. Only a few will continue to pray when things are going great.
When things are going good for you, you must remember that it is God who brought about the good things in your life. Rejoice in the fact that He loves you and gave you good things; pray that you will use them correctly; and give thanks for what He has blessed you with.
Now for the bad things in your life. Most people will pray when things are going bad for them, but most will not rejoice or give thanks for what is happening.
Read the book of Acts and see how the disciples rejoiced when they were persecuted. They counted it a joy to suffer for Jesus.
You may not be getting persecuted physically, but satan and the world is out to get you. Satan wants to try and get you to sin against God. God will allow things to break down, or go wrong to see if you will trust Him through it.
These things will happen to cause you to lean on Him more and more. They will happen to make you more like Jesus. Paul had gone through many bad things continually and yet He still rejoiced, prayed, and gave thanks to God.
Whether things are going great or bad for you, rejoice in the fact that God loves you and is saving you. Pray that God will strengthen you through the situation and use you to reach others for Jesus. Give thanks that God is making you more like Jesus and supplying all of your needs.
Everything that happens to you, both good and bad, is all a part of God’s plan for you life. Accept it.
I pray today that you will give God praise and thanks for everything; that God will reveal His purpose for events in your life; that God will make you more like Jesus; and that you will pray continually.