Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
If I am honest, this isn’t exactly the easiest post to write and you may understand why as you read it, however; the Father has given the words so I want to be in the pen in His hand.
Giving thanks is pretty simple, right? We thank God for our blessings, for His protection, His Love and for so many more thing, which is absolutely important. Then we get to the part of the verse which I know I have skipped over so many times. “In all Circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for You”
All circumstances, means all the time, no matter whether it feels good or not so good. I clearly remember the months and years, I spent feeling all depressed and sorry for myself, because of ” unfair and painful things” that happened to me, I also remember thinking that there is no way that I will ever be able to Thank God for anything that has happened in my life. But then the Father changed my heart and showed me so clearly that I need to thank Him for all those times in my life that were so heart-wrenching and tough, and if I am honest, my initial response was, “those seasons of my life were so painful and none of it should have never ever happened.” Yet, the very moment, I chose to thank God for those Times, something changed, something shifted! It wasn’t about me anymore, but about Giving Praise and Thanksgiving to the One who Heals the wounded, Cares for the orphan, and Loves us unconditionally.
To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord , that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3
In the words of Isaiah, It describes what the Father does for us, AND THEN we have the special privilege of doing these very things for the hurting, the broken, the lost and the unlovable, as an act of worship to the King of Kings!
Brothers and Sisters, I know each of you have experienced pain, loss, and rejection in some way, and for that my heart weeps with you. I know there are things that happen to us that seem unfair, we don’t understand how anything good could ever come from any of it.
He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.
Praise and Thank Him in the Storm, I know it will hurt, in fact; it may be some of the deepest pain you may felt up to this point. Friends, when the focus is off ourselves and on the Father, the flesh has to die and God can receive the Glory!
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! 1 Chronicles 16:34
Worship Him In the Beauty of Holiness, because He is the Holy One!
Because of Him,