This morning, through the (re:) series
devotional, I was given my food for today. These words from Paul to the faithful members of the church at Thessalonica, will be my constant nourishment today. May they strengthen you as they are me.
“We urge you, brethern, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:14-18)
Be thankful in everything. EVERYTHING. Not merely in provision. Or times of safety. Or in times where everything makes sense to you as to why it occurs.
- Give thanks at work when you make a mistake, or you get blamed for something you didn’t do.
- Give thanks on your commute when a careless driver cuts you off.
- Give thanks when your body shuts down, forcing rest on you at the worst possible time.
- Give thanks when bills seem to multiply and funds continue to shrink.
These are not trite, nor easy things. I do not say these to give mockery to pain or lightness to suffering. I say these because I have not complied with the Word of God myself, in so many of these circumstances plus more. Yet each of these times, we can give thanks for they are moments where we can pray. Moments when we can stop and rely on our only source of lasting strength and sustainment. Moments when we can stand tall on Rock, when no matter how hard the wind blows, knowing we will never be hurled headlong, for HE is the ONE who holds our hands! (See Psalm 37:23-25; some of my favorite verses)
When one experiences what it is to be in the dark, it makes one all the more thankful for the saving grace of Light.
We will grow closer to our King in these moments. THAT is why we should be give thanks! That is why we praise. For we have a Savior that will never leave us nor forsake us. Rejoice ALWAYS, for that promise can never be broken. You will never be left. You will never be abandoned. You will never be quitted completely. There is One. And He is EVERYTHING you have ever needed and will ever need. There are no gaps to fill when His Spirit dwells within you. No holes to patch with other things, experiences or people. He is the Lasting. And all the more, He gives us that inheritance as well – everlasting communion and life.
Today, won’t you join me in rejoicing for that?