Be Thankful

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

–1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

I’ve really been pondering a lot of things lately.

Things concerning faith in God.

Being a Christian, all of my life actually concerns faith.

Lately, though, I have been really contemplating matters of blessing, disobedience, and thankfulness.

Those three may seem random, yet those are some of the things I have been reading about and praying about.

My focus has been on thankfulness the last couple of days.

I really am very grateful for so many blessings in my life.

My relationship with Jesus, my health, my job, my family, the provisions I have of food and shelter.

The radiant sunrise I photographed this morning on the way to work.

Why, I could write a list that would never be finished!

What I’ve been thinking about lately are the things that I have considered to be bad.

Sicknesses, poor choices, accidents—things like that.

Not just in my own life, but in the lives of others.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 reads,

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

All circumstances.

All.

Thanking God for the loss of a job?

I know He can work good from that and also provide a different job.

Thanking God for the situations arising from a poor choice?

I know He can work good from poor choices as we learn of our dependence on Him and the need for His guidance.

With every “bad” circumstance that I can think of, I have to acknowledge that God has not left me or others.

Having a thankful heart in the midst of trouble– and not just when everything is good–seems to be what verse 18 is saying.

Since circumstances change day by day and moment to moment, our thankfulness should be renewed with each situation.

A heart of thankfulness.

I’m going to continue to think about that….

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Now Faith

 

A very odd thing happened the other day.

While I was having lunch with some coworkers, I noticed that two of them were enjoying Chinese food.

I asked them where they had gotten their lunches, because I also enjoy Chinese food.

Telling me about a nearby oriental restaurant, we continued our conversation on other things.

After a few moments had passed, a friend sitting next to me opened a fortune cookie that was provided with his lunch.

I normally don’t even want to open them when they are added to a meal.

“Fortunes” are not something that I believe in; only the sovereignty of God.

My friend handed me the paper that he had taken out of the cookie.

It had Hebrews 11:1 on printed on it:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 

The scripture reference was missing, but the verse was there, nevertheless.

That is the first time I have ever heard of Bible verses being placed inside fortune cookies.

This was a situation where I was able to discuss briefly with my friend where in the Bible this scripture was found.

At any moment, I know that I need to be ready to speak to others around me concerning matters of faith.

A moment might come when I least expect it.

 

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Rays of Light

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I have heard all about you, Lord.
    I am filled with awe by your amazing works.
In this time of our deep need,
    help us again as you did in years gone by.
And in your anger,
    remember your mercy.

 I see God moving across the deserts from Edom,
    the Holy One coming from Mount Paran.
His brilliant splendor fills the heavens,
    and the earth is filled with his praise.
 His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise.
    Rays of light flash from his hands,
    where his awesome power is hidden.

—Habakkuk 3:2-4

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