“God’s will” is often subjective depending on how we perceive it. The timing of events sometimes plays a factor on how we think; whether the things that are happening in our lives are God’s will or not. And so we usually think that God’s will varies depending on the situation or circumstances we are facing at that moment.
The Bible tells us that the will of God is true all the time – it will never change. It is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:16:
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
How is it possible to rejoice all the time? Because Jesus saves!
Whatever predicaments we are in right now will not change the fact that Jesus was born to save us and bring us back to the Father in a life that has no end, and is without sin. This hope should give us enough reason to rejoice in the middle of our trials, that someday God will change this sinful world into a world that fits to His original plan.
Pray Without Ceasing
There are many things to pray for. We should not only pray for ourselves and our families. We can also pray for the church and its mission to the world. We can pray for our school, the teachers, administrators, and the students. We can pray for those who are afflicted with incurable diseases. We can pray for those devastated by natural calamities. We can pray for the leaders of the governments to make decisions that will ease the spreading of the Good News.
Most of the people to whom we look at as role models in our spiritual life are the ones with a prayerful and prayer-filled life. Talking to God more and more shapes our character after His. Prayer changes us.
Practical tips to be less materialisticHow much did I spend this week for that Bubble tea or Starbucks coffee? Do I really need those? How much did I put into the offering bag the last time I worshipped God through giving?
Genuine giving gives joy and peace – money can’tLove is a giving quality! When love abounds in our hearts, we give without measure and expect nothing in return. We do it simply because it is the very nature of love. The joy in giving is much more rewarding than the joy of receiving. Generosity is truly fulfilling!
Be Thankful in All Circumstances
To thank God all the time is to acknowledge that God is supreme and is in control of everything that goes on in our lives. So whether we are well or sick, promoted in our job, or laid off, to be thankful is to tell God: “Lord, I trust You because You know what’s best for me.”
The only time when we will not rejoice, pray, nor be thankful is when we start to see and focus only on ourselves. The moment we do that, we see our problems, our predicaments, and big challenges and we forget that our God is bigger than even those.
The real impact or power of the Gospel can be seen during the time of difficulties. Are we rejoicing for God even when we feel we are physically and emotionally down? Do we still pray even when it seems that God is not listening? Are we thankful for everything that is happening in our lives?
It is God’s will that we rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and be thankful in all circumstances.