A Hard Teaching

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances;  for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  1 Thessalonians 5:18

Give thanks in all circumstances?  Really?  Give thanks when the car breaks down?  When a loved one dies?  When I’m diagnosed with a chronic illness? When I lose my job? Am I really expected to do that?

The answer is yes.  The words of Scripture are plain.  Give thanks in all circumstances, for whatever is happening is God’s will for me.  In the last blog, I talked about our Sunday School lesson, and how God used the bad things in Samson’s life, even his weaknesses, to further God’s plan.  Our lives are no different.  Things that seem bad in the moment are ultimately working to accomplish something good.  Think about that.  What a wonderful hope we have when we trust in God.  We really can rejoice always because the bad word is never the last word.

So the next time I’m faced with a difficult situation, I’m going to pray and turn it over to God.  I’m going to react with hope and trust, instead of fear and dismay.  I’m going to give thanks in advance, for whatever good things God has in store for me and the world.