Today's dab of Scripture is beautiful, encouraging, and soaked in wisdom.
We're sampling from Paul's first letter to the church at Thessalonica. An amazing feature of his letters to the Thessalonians is Paul's joy in this church. (He's not scolding them like he does with the church at Corinth.)
Another cool feature is how much Paul talks about the coming of Jesus in these letters. It seems the Thessalonians are undergoing persecution or severe trial, so Paul often peppers in reminders about Christ's return.
Let Paul's encouragement to a beleaguered and exhausted people also strengthen you...
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.
May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 (NIV)
A Simple Will. Powerful Thanksgiving
Paul's encouragement feels almost like a prayer of blessing over the Thessalonians. And I pray this for you as well, with all of its simplicity and power.
We often overcomplicate the will of God for our lives, but Paul outlines something refreshing...
- Continual prayer (read "constant trust in and praise to God")
- Holding on to a deep sense of joy and cheer regardless the situation
- Giving thanks in each moment
These are the key ingredients in the recipe of our walk.
Paul's hope for his spiritual children is rooted in being "kept blameless" for Christ when He returns. And he follows up with God's faithfulness and His power to cleanse us and to fulfill our deepest needs.
He is the "God of peace" after all.
So much of what we worry about steals our joy, our thanks, and our solid trust in the returning King.
So, as we enjoy our Thanksgivings this week, reflect on God's simple yet powerful will for your life.
Don't overcomplicate it.
Rest in His goodness.
And the more you make room for prayer and rejoicing, thanksgiving will pour out.
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