Recently, I found myself in an uncertain season of life. I was in a position I didn’t necessarily want to be in, although I felt that God had led me to where I currently was. Yet, the whispering of doubt grew into a thunderous voice that eventually blocked out any peace that could shine some hope on my situation.
When I finally quieted myself, I began to hear the repetitive message of gratitude. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances.” In three short sentences, Paul gives us the secret to a joyful life — rejoice, pray, and give thanks.
In order to rejoice, we must be grateful. In order to be grateful, we must pray — openly thanking our Father for what he’s given us. In order to be joyful, we must be grateful.
I have found this truth to be completely transformative. I have managed to find peace and joy by giving thanks to the Lord for every good gift. There is a peace that has overwhelmed me because I have learned gratefulness produces joy.
How much more could we be transformed into joyfulness if we thanked him not only for the good gifts but for everything? What if we thanked God for the trials, heartbreaks, and losses?
When we choose to see God in every circumstance and thank him for the opportunity to grow, our faith follows suit. When we are grateful, we have no choice but to be joyful.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your love, your sacrifice, your grace that you so freely give. Help us to see you even more clearly, not only through the good but through the hardships. Teach us to give thanks in every circumstance so we may be transformed to bring glory to your Kingdom! Amen.
Go Deeper — Nehemiah 8:10 states, “for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” What does that mean to you?
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