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Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Will of God for You

"What is God's will for my life?"

If you're a Christian, it is a genuine question to be asked. There is an answer. Of course, the broadest answer is "It's in God's Word." But one of the direct answers is in Paul's letter to the Thessalonians.
In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess 5:18)
I mean, seriously, can it be any clearer? Give thanks ... in everything.

When times are good. When you get the promotion, solve the problem, meet your goals, exceed their expectations. When you are healed, at peace, comfortable, are doing fine. When you get a sudden windfall, a surprise gift, a great day.

When times are hard. When you lose your job, can't get past the problem, can't accomplish what you want, can't get close to what they had hoped. When you're sick, troubled, broken, in pain. When funds are short, nothing is coming your way, times are tough.

For your spouse, your kids, your family, your friends, your job, your home. For running water and hot water. For air to breathe, clothes to wear, food to eat, a roof over your head. For grocery stores and clothing stores and gas stations and money to frequent all of them. For getting out of bed in the morning. For a bed to sleep in. For running water and fresh air.

And I haven't even scratched the surface. In everything give thanks. That is God's will for you ... and me. I suppose we'd better get started.

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