“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (NRSV) 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Rejoice always” St. Paul tells us in this passage, and “give thanks in all circumstances.” Indeed, the New Testament era was inaugurated by the cry of the angel of the Lord: “Do not be afraid; for behold I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.” (Lk 2:10-11). The presence of Jesus providing salvation for each of us permeates every New Testament book with the mood of joy! In times of uncertainty and distress, such as these we are currently experiencing, knowledge of the nearness and protection of God ought rightly to bring us joy (Ps 16:9). Moreover, Scripture makes clear that God Himself takes joy in us (Ps 147:11; 149:4; Zeph 3:17). Of course, this does not mean we will not experience challenges, difficulties, and significant losses. But being mindful of our salvation can give us hope for the future.
“Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior, still our refuge; take it to the Lord in prayer.” It truly is a wonderful life!
I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life. I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
Prayer Needs: For the many people struggling with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, for whom life seems dark and hopeless.