God’s Will Is Knowable- Life Application

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ.” (1 Th. 5:16-18)

BE JOYFUL ALWAYS: As Paul said in Philippians 4: 4, ” Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice.” The prefix “re” means “again, used chiefly to form words denoting repetition.” Therefore, to rejoice means to have joy again and again, as the Apostle Paul emphasized. As discussed in the post entitled Formula for Joy, we can continually renew our joy by bolstering our trust in the Lord’s unfailing and unending love and goodness toward His children; and we can help apply this to our lives by:

1. Learning more and more about the character of God through scripture and prayer.

2. By thinking on good things (read Philippians 4: 8-9).

3. By encouraging ourselves as King David did (1 Samuel 30: 6).

4. Many other ways in which the Holy Spirit might lead us.

PRAY CONTINUALLY: This is simply communicating with our Heavenly Father and not forgetting to listen and watch for answers and guidance. We are instructed to “Pray without ceasing” (KJV) because there should never be a right time to stop communicating with God, or to give up on prayer.

GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES: Recognizing and appreciating the good things that we have in life- not concentrating on what we do not have- is key to being thankful. Often this involves a shear determination to find something we can appreciate and focus on it rather than on the difficult circumstances that surround us. “Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 107: 1)

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me to obey you and put into practice these simple instructions for doing your will, and may I heed them in a way that pleases you. Thank you for your unfailing love and goodness! Amen.