In every thing give thanks;
for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus concerning you.
I Thessalonians 5:18
We often take Bible verses out of context… in little snippets that fit our current circumstance. And it’s absolutely perfectly okay to memorize verses like
I Thessalonians 5:18 to get us through our day. When things go wrong, when we’re frustrated, when we’re feeling sorry for ourselves, having a verse come to the forefront of our mind to remind us to be thankful in everything REALLY helps.
It also helps to put the verse back into its original context… To remember that Paul was writing to first century believers that were being persecuted for their faith. I mean really persecuted… imprisoned, beaten, even killed.
Thinking about it that way gives a whole new meaning to the phrase…
“In EVERY thing”
Giving thanks in every thing…
…every circumstance and situation…
…is another way we can Take Joy!