” 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
You wouldn’t be asked to rejoice always if it is not up to you to intentionally rejoice. Continuous rejoicing is something you ought to do for yourself just as the Bible has instructed. This means whether things are beautiful, ugly, great, not great and so on, you can rejoice! This also indicates that joy is not dependent on what you were able to do or not do right. In as much as we may not have enough money or resources that we desire, we can rejoice always. In fact, we aren’t supposed to let our experiences affect our response to God, we ought to continually respond to God from the position of thanksgiving. How can that be possible? Let’s make a simple highlight:
1. We rejoice always
2. Circumstances don’t determine our joy
3. We pray consistently with thanksgiving in all things
4. All of the above is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus
Instead of complaining about things that aren’t going right, we should be full of joy knowing that God’s will for us is to be glad! Why worry about the troubles when you can pray about it? The attitude with which we should pray to God about the problems isn’t that of a defeat but that of victory. Therefore, we pray to God with thanksgiving regardless of the circumstances knowing that it is God’s will for us.
POINT TO NOTE
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28. Our joy is based on the truth that in all things God works together with us in using all circumstances to bring about what is good.
“Although I may not avoid experiencing certain things, I can determine what gets to me. Therefore, I am always aware of the truth that God’s will for me is for good and in this I rejoice! Hallelujah!”
Precious Lord, I cast all my cares to you because I know you care about me. Thank you for your love. I, therefore, rejoice in you.
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~ George O.N