From Pastor’s Desk:
1 Thessalonians 5:18 …give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
There are a few other places in Scripture where it refers to other aspects of following Christ as the “will of God,” not the least of which is “For this the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication” (1 Thes. 4:8).
Giving thanks in all circumstances is something we are, from Scripture, admonished to do. But, to me, it takes on a different perspective when Paul says that it is “God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Some circumstances do not seem to be of a kind that will bring honor to God, and isn’t that what adhering to the will of God is all about?
We’ve all been in circumstances, especially those beyond our control, in which it was really difficult to give thanks. Yet the verse says giving thanks in them are God’s will for us.
Let’s give it some thought. What does circumstances, especially adverse ones, teach us? To stand strong, to unequivocally trust God, to recognize the devil’s tactics and not yield to them, to lean not unto our own understanding, but in all our ways acknowledge the LORD, to become aware of His presence in the midst of it all, to disregard any unwise counsel or advice from anyone that does not line up with the word of God, to….. The list would be endless!
Why then would learning to give thanks in all circumstances NOT be the will of God for us. Look at the person we become, that we otherwise would not, were it not for the circumstances.