Scripture: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Observation: God’s will is that we would live a life in confidence that the Lord will provide and guide. This leads to a life of rejoicing always, praying continually, and giving thanks in all circumstances.
Application: As we enter the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, we stop to be thankful for what God has provided within our lives. In return we share with others the blessings we have received. This season should be one of rejoicing but for some it is not an easy season to discover joy and to rejoice. They may be grieving the loss of a loved one. They are struggling with depression or anxiety. In the midst of this we have been called to “rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks”.
Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.
Will you choose to Rejoice Always?
Prayer: Lord we know you are Jehovah-Shammah, the Lord who is present. Lord give us the assurance that in every situation you are present with us and may we look to you for the source of joy and rejoicing.