Tuesday, July 8, 2014

In All Circumstances

Thanks to my Sister in Law Kerry who took this picture!

I am doing a Bible study on 1 and 2 Thessalonians this summer, and today’s Scripture cut right through my heart and soul. 

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

Rejoice. Pray. Give thanks. IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES

Needless to say, the phrase “in all circumstances” was the part that really got me.

I have meditated on this verse before. However, the truth in this portion of Scripture is so crucial that it needs reviewed often. Besides, for those like me, who tend to forget the unlimited faithfulness of our Lord, constant reminders are a must.

What does it all mean?

In all circumstances.

To me, it means that regardless of the situation, we are to find God’s hand in it. We are to discern God’s will. We are to experience God’s unique kind of love.

Not just when life goes our way.

Not just when we are cruising on a country road in a lazy, summer, Sunday afternoon.

Not just when our children are succeeding, and healthy and protected.

Not just when the love of our life is all we dreamed of.

Not just when we are surrounded by loved ones.

Not just when we get good test results at the doctor’s. 

Not just when we were delivered from the fire, the mountain or the dark valley.

But always…in.all.circumstances.

Even when life takes an unexpected and undesirable turn.

Even when we are caught in the rollercoaster of life.

Even when our children disappoint us, break our hearts, scare us half to death.

Even when the longing for children or a spouse is more than we can bear.

Even when we are so alone that no one around can hear our crying for help.

Even when the phone call comes announcing the diagnosis you thought you would escape.

Even when we are destined to go through the fire, climb the mountain or walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

We will fear no evil…for He is with us…His rod and His staff, they comfort us and protect us (Psalm 23). And this is His will for us…His good and perfect will.

It’s not easy to see it this way. When faced with life’s scary moments, it is very normal to break down in despair. But we have the source of power inside of us. The Holy Spirit, who comforts us, who protect us, who even fights our battles for us…He is the One who can help us live the crucified life so we can endure what may come and see it all with the eyes of Christ. (Galatians 2: 20)

Let’s not be afraid of the plan of God. Let’s pray that the Holy Spirit may empower us to accept it in confidence, and to rejoice in it, whatever it may look like. So we may always know that it is still a good plan…a perfect plan. May we have the strength in Christ to embrace it, rejoice in it, pray and give thanks, in all circumstance.

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  1. Ah . . . what a refreshing and encouraging post to read late at night. To know that I am not alone when life disappoints and brings such hard things is so comforting. To know that when all my props are removed there is still Jesus. I will still rejoice.

    1. I praise the Lord for speaking to you through the words He gives me. Knowing that we are not alone is a great source of comfort...I loved what you said: "to know that when all my props are remove there is still Jesus..." that is the truth that sustains us. Thank you Judith for visiting and for hosting your wonderful linky party!

  2. This is a simple concept but so difficult to put into practice. Thanks for stirring us up by way of reminder with your inspiring post. Blessings!

    1. It is difficult, indeed...that's why I need to remind myself every day : ) Thank YOU for visiting!


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