1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
For Moses and David, God had detailed instructions; but, for most people, He doesn’t give detailed instructions. He does, however, give a wonderful plan for our lives in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 and John 10:10.
For George Bailey in the movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” abundance didn’t mean traveling and becoming rich, but it meant helping others and having a wonderful family and friends.
God tells us what his will for your life is in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
He says, “Talk to me often,” or “Pray constantly.” Then He says, “Give thanks in everything.”
The passage ends saying, “for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” There is no other place in the Bible where it tells you what God’s will for you is. God’s will in Christ Jesus for you is to be happy, talk to him and be grateful. What a wonderful plan for your life!
For George Bailey, God wanted him to have an attitude of gratitude for his “wonderful life.”
So, in a fallen world, with trials and tribulations: “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Dear Lord, we rejoice when we recall the good in our life. We ask You to fulfill Your Will for our life, and thank You for Your blessings in Jesus Christ’s Name by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
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