1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Rejoice always: As believers, we are to rejoice in the Lord always. We are to rejoice in both good and difficult times in life. We must always remember that God is present with us in every situation. Awareness of God’s presence is what enables believers to always rejoice. During this New Year, I am determined to rejoice in the Lord even when circumstances seem to dictate otherwise.
Pray continually: Praying continually for me is simply to be in conversation with God throughout my day. Just knowing that I can praise God for his goodness and that I can call upon him when I am faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, gives me constant reassurance that God is always with me. I must always remember to pray for God’s will to be done even when my own will stands opposed.
Give thanks in all circumstances: This is something that I continue to struggle with in my own life. It’s easy to praise God when things are going well but it’s more difficult to give thanks when challenging times come our way. I believe that God uses all circumstances to mold us into the person that he created us to be. In my own life, God has used difficult circumstances to teach me patience, perseverance, and to strengthen my faith. I will make a conscious effort to give thanks to God, in all circumstances, in this New Year. And I pray that you will also. Have a blessed New Year!