I THESSALONIANS 5:16-18
16. Be happy in your faith and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually–always.
17. Be unceasing in prayer — praying perseveringly.
18. Thank God in everything — no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks; for this is the will of God for you (who are) in Christ Jesus the Revealer and Meditator of that will. Amp.
Persevere – d) to continue doing something in spite of difficulty, opposition, etc., persist.
Thanks – d) expression of gratitude
Paul has just given a warning about the Day of the Lord’s return. He says that it will come as unexpectedly as a thief in the night. When all is well, safe and secure, then in a moment unforeseen destruction (ruin and death) will come as suddenly as labor pains come upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. vs.2-3
Then he tells them that they are not given up to the power of darkness for them to be overtaken by it. If we belong to the Light, we must walk in the Light. We are to put on faith and love being at peace with ourselves.
We are to warn the loafers, the disorderly and the unruly, but to encourage the timid and fainthearted, giving support to weak souls always being very patient. We are to stay away from evil and allow the Lord to make us holy and pure and blameless at His coming.
I believe the text chosen for this day is the key to the rest of the chapter. We are to be a house of prayer. We must be determined that nothing will stop us from praying. You never need to take a sick day from prayer. The Lord will bring healing as you go forward. If you are tired, in pain or troubled, you still must persevere and continue. Satan will try to stop you.
If you let him stop you, it will only make things worse. You must not let him get his foot in the door. Prayer is vital to us walking in the Light. You must always believe that you have the power to defeat whatever is trying to stop you. He has given us all that we need for every battle we face.
One of the biggest problems we all face is when trouble comes and we do not understand or see any good reason for the trial. We can easily lose our thankfulness, focusing on the painful circumstances. Thanksgiving is so very important in our everyday walk. If Satan steals your thankfulness, discouragement is next in line.
A discouraged soul cannot prevail in prayer for others. We must examine ourselves when any sadness comes along and talk to the Lord about it. He is always lovingly patient with us and will guide us back to the Light. We have to be aware when these attacks occur and not let them remain.
If we trust our lives to the Lord’s keeping, there will always be trials that we do not understand. So many get stuck in a pit of resentment toward the Lord because He did not answer their prayer the way they wanted. I know I have had times when I did not understand the pain I had to go through. I questioned His dealings with me saying, “I do not deserve this.”
It took quite a while for me to get an answer from Him. Finally, if we calm down and say the right words, knowing He is always right, being thankful for what we do have and just trusting Him to make all things right, He will answer. We must have the right attitude.
He said that if my life would have taken a different path that I would not have lived as close to Him as He wanted me to live. My reward would be much less. He wanted something more for me that was above all I could ever ask or think. He knew that I did not deserve the pain as He did not deserve the pain. Now, I can be thankful.
If we share in His suffering, we will share in His glory. That is the way it is. Now I can see His suffering in a way I could not see it before. He is only and completely good. That is the lesson we need to learn. Satan will always try to bring doubt of God’s goodness in times of suffering.
He always has a better plan for us than we could ever have for ourselves. Whatever we must go through to receive any reward is more than worth the pain of it all.
Now we thank Him in everything and be glad hearted continually. He is coming Soon!