You know, often we’re asking God, “God, what do you want for my life? God, what’s your will for me?” Right? And we’ll ask these questions like, we don’t know, or we’re seeking instruction. And God is way more interested in being with us than us doing things for Him. So listen to this beautiful set of verses in 1 Thessalonians. I’m reading from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, and it says, “Be happy in your faith and rejoice and be glad-hearted continuously. Be unceasing in prayer, praying perseveringly. And thank God in everything. No matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks. For this is the will of God for you who are in Christ Jesus.”
Isn’t that beautiful? This is how we get to say, “God, what is your will for us?” And He goes, “You know what? Be happy, rejoice. Rejoice always, pray continuously, and be thankful.” Super simple, right? Super simple little formula that He’s given us that helps us throughout our day.
My husband and I moved home two weeks ago. And it is hot here where we live. So in the middle of going up and down stairs with boxes and sweating, and trying to get things into the back of the van, one of the things we caught ourselves doing was, you know, carrying a heavy box, sweating profusely and going, “Lord, thank you so much for a few clouds today. Lord, thank you that we have a truck to go to. Thank you that we have friends to help us move.” And we just found ourselves bubbling up with thankfulness. And this is what happens as we live these three little instructions from the Lord.
Rejoice always, pray unceasingly, and be thankful. This is a beautiful formula that no matter what is happening in our lives, it keeps us mindful of God. It keeps us thankful. It keeps us constantly talking to Him about everything that’s going on in our day. So, the next time you are out doing something, the next time you are making food, the next time you are taking a bath, anything that you’re doing, remember that you get to do these things: rejoice always, pray continuously, and be thankful, because this is the will of God for you.
Thank you so much, Lord, that you care so much about the practical pieces of our lives. You care so much about helping us to walk out the truth of your word, walk out relationship, see you as our Dad, and walk in the world like you get us to do everyday. Thank you so much, Lord, that we get to do this with you in Jesus name. Amen.
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