Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thess 5.16-18
The Bible calls us to rejoice always and give thanks in all circumstances, in afflictions as well as times of blessing.
To rejoice in all things doesn’t mean that we rejoice that someone dies or gets cancer. To rejoice in all things means that we believe God is doing glorious things in and through all our circumstances, and even turns evil to good for those who love Christ.
To rejoice and give thanks in everything isn’t simply a good idea – it is critical and important. Why? Because:
God commands us to rejoice. God doesn’t command us to do anything without a reason. All his commands are intended to bring blessing into our lives.
Rejoicing is important for it is a way to lift our eyes to heaven and set our minds on things above (Co 3.2).
Rejoicing in all things helps us avoid thinking hard thoughts of God.
Rejoicing in affliction reminds us that God causes all things to work together for our greatest good – to make us like Christ.
Rejoicing in all things speaks powerfully to both believers and unbelievers. Remember Paul and Silas singing hymns while in stocks in prison and the other prisoners were listening (AC 16.24-25).
Rejoicing helps prevent us from grumbling and complaining.
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Rejoicing in affliction strengthens our faith in God’s character and promises.
Rejoicing opens the door for us to experience deep, genuine joy in Christ.
Rejoicing in all things helps us ward off self-pity.
Rejoicing in all things says that Christ is our source of joy and delight, not our circumstances.
Rejoicing in all things says that we believe God is wise, good, and loving in his plans for our lives.
Rejoicing in all things glorifies God – it is easy to praise God when all is going well, but it especially honors him when we praise him in the midst of trials.
Rejoice in Jesus today. Give him thanks no matter what you encounter. Not one thing will happen to you that he hasn’t ordained for your good.