“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
After reading this verse, someone may wonder, “How can I always be rejoicing?
Do I have to be praying all the time?
I don’t think I can be thankful when I’m sick or have debts!”
Yes! I agree this verse asks a lot of us!
However, no matter how we feel, we need to tell ourselves this truth;
“Rejoicing always” doesn’t mean we’re always jumping up and down with excitement, but rather refers to living in the joy of the Spirit.
“Pray without ceasing” is not a command to get down on our knees in prayer all day long, but it is about our constant personal connection and communion with God.
“Give thanks in all circumstances” is the easiest part of this passage for me to understand, but it isn’t always the easiest to live out.
After experiencing a breakthrough testimony, we see people sharing their gratitude. It’s inspiring, but does it really last past a few days or months?
Paul wasn’t talking about occasional gratitude. He was talking about a state of mind that starts with our trust in Jesus and belief that God works out all things for good for those who love Him. You inclusive.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
When you live this out, you can’t help but give thanks to Him, no matter what you are going through.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you! You are a faithful God. I believe and confess that all things are working together for my good. Thank you God for times and seasons are in your hands. May your name be exalted in my life today and always. In Jesus Name. Amen.