How to Rejoice Always [1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Daily Devotional]
It’s very common for us to consider what God’s will is for us in this life. We easily overthink what we’re called to do and what our purpose is. This isn’t new. In fact, according to the context of the passage above, this issue has been going on for centuries.
Paul encourages us in the same way he encouraged his church in Thessalonica. God’s will for our lives is to always rejoice, always pray, and always give thanks.
How to Rejoice Always
This is, of course, easier said than done. If you’re like me, you’ll pray for only a couple of minutes before you get distracted. Or maybe you’ll be thinking about what you’re thankful for a few moments until something else annoys you, putting you in a bad mood.
Unfortunately, there is no easy way to do this. You don’t just fall into these habits. You have to really work at them, and the only way to get better at them is to do them. So, when Paul says to rejoice always, then you should rejoice always. Even in those situations where you feel like it would be easier to complain or you feel like there’s nothing to rejoice for. When Paul tells you to pray continually, do your best to have a conversation with God throughout the day. And when Paul says to be thankful in every circumstance, be thankful despite the pain and struggle you may be going through.
Of course, you can only do this through the strength Christ gives you. It’s in that strength that I encourage you to “rejoice always, pray continually, [and] give thanks.”
Jesus, I thank you for the ability to choose my response to my situations. Help me to always rejoice, even when the things around me lend themselves to complaining. Give me the awareness to be in constant conversation with you throughout all of my days. Remind me of the things for which I should be thankful. It’s in your name I pray, amen.
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