Believers are constantly chasing the will of God. Be it for their family, career, or ministry, people want to know what the Lord desires for their life, but often this kind of discernment comes only after hours of prayer, fasting, and wrestling in our minds.
So when a verse explicitly reveals the will of God to us, we should be ecstatic. One such verse, or verses rather, that have been on my heart this week is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, which says:
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Let me draw this out a bit. It’s God’s will that we should never stop being full of joy. It’s God’s will that we should never stop praying. It’s God’s will that we should never stop giving thanks.
But more than that, this passage implies that we have reason to give thanks in every situation, no matter how bad. No matter how unstable our lives get, our future is secure in Christ. No matter how bad things get, we can thank the Lord that we know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that one day they will get better.
So give thanks not only today, but everyday. It’s God’s will for your life!
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