“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (I Thessalonians 4:16-18)
For most of us “the will of God” has to do with our actions. Right actions. And it does. It’s how we live. But it’s also an attitude.
There are times when we experience great rejoicing. Gratitude springs almost spontaneously from the deepest places of our heart – with or without words. But how do we handle the dark times, when the heart has no song? When, like the Israelites of old we want to “hang up our harps on the willows”? (Psa. 137:2) “Rejoice always” just doesn’t seem possible.
When we cannot rejoice in our present circumstances, we can rejoice in the unwavering, unchanging love of our Lord, that he is Lord in even the darkest of situations, and that his attitude toward us is always one of tender compassion.
Few of us do anything always. But we can begin by taking a quiet moment several times a day to remind ourselves of these three reasons for rejoicing…and adding our own personal reasons.
Teach me, Lord, to make a daily habit of rejoicing always. Amen.
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