Meditate with Power!
I Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks.
Meditate on God’s Word! Four simple words in the Bible that would change our lives if we focused on the power of the context of how and where they were given to us by the Apostle Paul. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I Thessalonians 5:16-18 As we go through life and yield ourselves to things that are surrounding us we begin to see a bigger picture being played out in our lives. God is working at times through some difficult circumstances we are facing to draw mankind to His redemptive message through Jesus Christ. Paul would write these words; Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth. Colossians 1:4-6
As we begin to see how God is using all circumstances in our lives as an opportunity to share God’s grace, goodness and mercy to all mankind. The typical response to pain, loss and suffering is to be angry, blame God and to be bitter. However, when we rejoice, give God the glory, pray for help and wait for God to work, the world watches our response. Just as Job’s friends saw him lose his whole family, wealth and health he would not curse God. “Hold your peace with me, and let me speak, Then let come on me what may! 14 Why do I take my flesh in my teeth, And put my life in my hands? 15 Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Job 13:13-15
Job trusted God, even in tough circumstances that God was working out His plan to encourage us thousands of years later who would read these words that yes, God is there, right alongside us, even in our suffering. May we like Job and Paul just thank God for whatever is happening in our lives and do our best to be a witness to a world that doesn’t know the love, forgiveness, mercy and peace that Jesus give us. And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I Thessalonians 5:16-18 Let God’s word comfort you today as you give thanks!