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Monday, November 15, 2010

"Give Thanks in All Circumstances" - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

What is God's will for my life? That is a question being asked by many people today. When we ask that question, we are usually referring to things like where we should live or work, whom should we marry, etc. In fact, many people complain it is just so hard to understand what God's will is.

Actually, our problem is very often that we just don't want to hear what God's will is! In this verse, God tells us through His Word that it is His will for us to "give thanks in all circumstances." No matter what we face - good or bad - we are to give thanks to God! You see, when we are willing to say to God - "I don't know why this is happening or how anything good can come out of it. But God, I thank you for what you are going to teach me through this experience" - then we are in the right place spiritually to receive all that God has planned for us. It changes us to practice the daily discipline of giving thanks "in all circumstances."

Let's commit ourselves to God to obey His will in giving thanks, and see how God uses it to transform our lives!