Today’s Reading | 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
Always in All?
Of all the final instructions in today’s reading, which one affects you the most? Which one is the most difficult for you to obey? How about being joyful ALWAYS and giving thanks in ALL circumstances? Paul gave the Thessalonians (and us) a command that is extremely difficult to obey. It would have been easier had he used the words, “most of the time.” One of the most common reasons for not obeying this command is that we do not often see our circumstances the way God sees them. We often forget that God is in control and He has an important purpose for our circumstances. He may be preparing us for something in our future. He may be giving us an opportunity to grow in an area of blindness. He may be providing us an opportunity to demonstrate to a lost world the difference He has made in our lives. When we rejoice and are joyful, we show that we believe what God has said and He will keep His Word. Are you facing a difficult circumstance that is robbing you of joy? What circumstances do you find yourself facing that make it hard to give thanks? What might God be trying to accomplish in your life through them?
Is there a situation you’re facing that is robbing you of joy and thanksgiving?
List a few reasons for which you can give thanks.
What can be done to help you follow God’s expectations in this area?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment can you make?