by Stan Smith
What is God's will for my life? Most of us have asked that at one time or another. Sometimes I think it's clearer than we realize. In Paul's first letter to the church at Thessalonica, we read this:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
It all flows together there -- rejoice, pray, give thanks. And it's all in superlatives -- always, without ceasing, in all circumstances. "This," Paul tells his readers, "is the will of God ... for you."
First, Paul, I have to ask ... in what world is that even possible? I mean, seriously, man, have you looked around? Times are tough!
Paul answers: "In Christ Jesus."
You see, in the hands of the Savior, we can rejoice always, pray ceaselessly, and be grateful in every circumstance.
Okay, fine ... but we don't do that, do we?
And that is the real question. Why? Why don't we rejoice in every circumstance? Could it be because we lose contact with Christ? Oh, that would be prayer without ceasing, wouldn't it? So why don't we pray without ceasing? Could it be that we have situations that distract and concern us? But that wouldn't be true if we were grateful in all circumstances, would it?
Do you want to know what God's will is for your life? Here's a simple start. Rejoice in everything, maintain constant communication with God, and be in a constant state of gratitude about everything that occurs. If, in all of that, you have time to worry about something else, you let me know. I'm sure Scripture lists a couple other things that are the will of God for your life.
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I'm married with four grown children and (currently) four grandchildren. My wife and I live in sunny Phoenix by choice. I hope to encourage people with my words and to share with others what God has shared with me.
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