“Be Thankful For Everything” (1 Thessalonians 5: 16 – 18, ESV) by Carley Evans

“Rejoice always,” writes Paul. “Give thanks in all circumstances.”

How? By realizing that your circumstances are arranged by God’s will. And, if you are uncomfortable with those circumstances, “pray without ceasing.” Yet, simultaneously, “rejoice.” Be thankful to God for everything.

For, God is perfect. His will for your life is perfect.

Even more wonderful, God knows your needs before you do. He anticipates your failures, your sins, your hurts. He makes the path ahead, every smooth portion, each bump along the way is known by Him.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5: 6 – 7)