1 Thessalonians 5
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Can I start with a question this morning? Why is this instruction one of the hardest to follow? When our sins are eternally forgiven and God has given us His Son whose Holy Spirit dwells within us, why is it so hard to rejoice always? When we have heaven to gain, earth to lose, and sin to shed, why do we have so much trouble giving thanks for the things of this life that are shaping us for now and for eternity? When we are thankful for the will of God regarding our eternal, eternal, eternal salvation, why is it so hard to thank Him for the other aspects of His will?
Somehow, we think that God owes us a better life or at least a life without the troubles that we so often have to endure. Somehow we blame God for the troubles first without a thought of thanking Him for His will. Therefore we don’t rejoice but we join those in trouble wondering just where God is during the trouble.
My dear friends, I am old enough in the faith to know that God never changes and that God, who gave me His Son, will not withhold any other good thing from me. I have seen and known that the troubles of this life are the hand of God shaping me and causing me to look with greater hope to my eternity with Him. He has shown me to have a loose grip on everything in this life and a tight grip on eternity with Him. According to God’s will, heaven is a place with no more tears, no more sorrow, no more sighing, no more sickness and no more death. I have a firm grip on that while realizing that this life is filled with these things.
Today, give thanks in everything for this is the will of God concerning you. Today, rejoice evermore and pray as much as you need to and then some. God is with you both now and forever. Have a loose grip on this life and tight grip on eternity. Rejoice and give thanks.
I posted yesterday that today, giving Tuesday, Victory Academy for Boys is taking donations and every donation is being doubled. I am excited about this because my donation will be doubled. Ask God what you can do and then follow this link and rejoice as you give. Last week, they hosted 65 people, counseled every family twice, and continued their work of reconciling families to God and to each other. They do a work for churches that churches cannot do on their own. Victory is worthy of our support.
Have a great day rejoicing in the Lord,