|Posted on May 15, 2019 at 1:25 PM|
Always be joyful. 1 Thessalonians 5:16
There is a joy that comes from knowing from the moment I wake up that God is with me. That I don’t have to go about this day alone. He is beside me, He goes before me, He is all around me. For He said in Leviticus 26:11 I will live among you, and I will not despise you. I will walk among you; I will be your God and you will be my people. So when I wake up it doesn’t cost a thing for me smile knowing something most don’t know that God is with me. It doesn’t take any amount of strenuous effort to think Father, are you there? And to hear Him respond I am. And so the conversation begins, a declaration really, I give my life to you today Psalm 25:1. You know the plans I have today, some things I want to do but I am willing to lay them down for You. Give me eyes that see You more clearly in my day. Give me ears that hear You more loudly. Give me a mind that understands You and Give me a heart the receives You. Nothing I do today is more important than the time I get to spend with You. Help me to always be aware of Your presence in my life.
Never stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
H had the last two days off and though most hours we spent apart when we did finally come into each other’s view there was always something between us that was said an announcement of what we wanted to do, an opinion of something, an upcoming plan, gratitude, hope shared. Just random conversation nothing specific really. There were times of silence when we were both watching something on TV or listening to a song in the car or watching a teaching or reading beside each other. That is how it is with God. When I am aware of His presence I never stop praying, never stop talking to Him. Sometimes I speak aloud; sometimes I speak in my mind. The only time I don’t talk to God is if I am listening, reading or watching for Him. They say you can only think one thing at a time. I try to fix those thoughts on Him because everything else is truly white noise. Colossians 3:2-3 says “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God” so it makes perfect sense that I should share my life with Him.
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
As I said yesterday my circumstance may not be exactly as I want it…but my life isn’t on the Burger King menu either, it is not going to be as I want it. I can still find reasons to be thankful. Like the weather it’s constantly shifting and changing. I am learning to shift and change with it. I’m still growing, I am not as I was, not the same as I was yesterday and something may happen today that makes me a different person tomorrow. If change is the consistency than gratitude is my stability.
Paul said in Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything….and trust me I know that is easier said than done. When my mind is so fixed on my worry I have written down many reasons to be thankful so that I can turn to them when I can’t think of something to be thankful for. So I can look to them when my mind clouds my thinking and makes me unable to see all the reasons I should be thanking God instead of fixing my thoughts on my worry.
He goes onto say “Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.” I don’t know about you but I have forty something years of reasons to be thankful for something He has done in my life and just because this one area or thing in my life is not as I want it doesn’t mean my whole life is defined by that one thing. Why must we be thankful? He goes onto say “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.” I don’t need to understand why being thankful instead of worrying about my problem, situation, circumstance fills me with peace but the truth is I don’t need to understand how something works in order to do it. I use electricity every day and I have no clue the science behind it but I still use it. If I can take a pill for pain relief than God who created this body knows that gratitude relieves my mind of worry. I just need to know that when I praise God, He works for me.
“His peace will guard my heart and mind as I live in Christ Jesus.” I would correct that and say “as I live like Christ Jesus”. When my brother fed the hungry multitudes he thanked God for the little provision that was provided. When the people of religious law were trying to trick him He thanked God for hiding His wisdom from those who thought themselves wise and revealing Himself to His children, those with childlike trust. That God is who He says He is, our Father and He would do what He says He will do, not by what we do but because of our faith that He is indeed a Father who wants what is best, who does what is best for those He calls His own.
At the last supper before his suffering began he broke the bread and gave thanks to God for it knowing the pain ahead with eager anticipation to meet the end of his time on earth like an athlete at the finish line I believe his gratitude came from knowing that soon his life would be an example for many to follow they would come to God the way he did, in gratitude Psalm 100:4. When he rolled away the stone in front of Lazarus grave he thanked God for hearing him. The peace of mind and heart that Jesus gave to me in John 14:27 came from knowing that no matter my circumstance I need not be troubled or afraid. It was God’s will for Jesus to overcome this world. As God’s child, I will overcome this world too as I live like Jesus did, thanking my Father for all the circumstances that make up this beautiful life.