In Everything Give Thanks
We interrupt your black Friday and left-over eating holiday to bring you a very important message concerning the will of God in your life.
If you have ever wondered what the will of God is for you, I am about to tell you in one article. I know there are a lot of depths and specifics that cannot all be easily answered but if you stick with me, you are going to learn the basics.
I know a lot of people can get hung up on “finding the will of God,” but personally I think we tend to over complicate it. Sure, there is a difference in what I am about to tell you and following God’s will about a specific decision. However, the overarching will of God is pretty clear cut in His Word. Maybe it’s just my personal opinion, but I think the rest will fall into place if you follow what He says.
If you have been searching high and low, look no longer. Here it is-
“And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18
Give thanks, in all circumstances- even the ones that feel like they are too painful to endure.
I have a tendency to get frustrated with God when things do not go according to my plan and I think we can all agree that it is difficult to be thankful when we are up against a trial. But what if God is calling us to be thankful even in those situations?
I know we just celebrated Thanksgiving and I am sure your family and friends probably reviewed a list of things and people you are thankful for. I highly doubt anyone thanked God for a sick parent or student debt. I can only imagine that “thank you, God, for my recent flat tire, or thank You for my broken heart made the list.” While I do not think it is normal to rejoice during hard times, I think God is calling us to be thankful in spite of the circumstances and even right there in the middle of them.
So today and every day, even the difficult ones- seek to do the will of God according to the scripture. Encourage those who are weary. Don’t seek revenge for those who have hurt you. Try your best to do good as much as you possibly can and look for it all around you. Seek peace and pursue it. Rejoice always and keep on praying and staying faithful.
In every situation– give thanks. “For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Rachel Skirvin is a lover of travel, nachos and the gospel. She is a graduate of Urshan College and will most likely always call it Gateway. She just recently married her best friend and together they are serving at The Pentecostals of Cooper City in South Florida.