Always and In All Circumstances

December 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 gives us a clear indication of the way we ought to live in the world as a people who are awaiting the coming of the Lord.  These verses come from the oldest text in the New Testament, Paul’s first letter.  The context is the previous chapter (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17) where Paul emphatically declare that the return of the Lord is near.  Therefore… “be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances…” (5:16-18).  These appeals need no explanation.  But it is important to notice that they are not presented as laws in itself.  They are the possibilities of appropriate living in the presence of God and what God is doing for us.  Because Paul presents them in the context of the next two verses:  “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through…  The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it” (5:23-24).  When the focus is on God’s faithfulness and what He is doing for us, the response of our faithful living always and in all circumstances also makes sense.  God will be faithful regardless your particular circumstances today.  Can you say the same about your response to God’s goodness?

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