Give thanks in everything,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Always. Constantly. Everything?
Yes. This is God's will for us in Christ Jesus. Do we succeed in this? Probably not. Do we strive to do this every day? Hmmm. Only you can answer that one for yourself.
Rejoicing, praying, and giving thanks is so, so easy when life is going well and you're just filled to the brim with happy emotions.
But what about when the emotions are overwhelming and very few are really "happy"?
What about when your daughter loses all movement below her waist and fights brain cancer only to eventually lose her life months later?
Or the 22 year old guy who has cancer and will undergo chemo for 5 days straight?
God's Word stays the same. He stays the same. We are to rejoice. We are to pray. We are to give thanks. Always, constantly, and in everything.
Want to know how real your relationship with Christ is? How sturdy it really is? Watch yourself carefully when something isn't going well. Do you continue to thank? Rejoice? Pray?
Ouch. I'm convicted too.
Jon Bloom wrote a beautiful piece today on endurance and doing things when you just don't "feel" like doing them. Read it here.
My prayer is that we will thank the Father constantly, rejoicing in Him always, because He is good. Not mainly because our circumstances are good (though we can thank Him for that grace too), but because even though circumstances are ever changing, He is not. Oh, this is good news!
Thank You, Lord.