March Like Jesus
… By Doing God’s Will – Part II
Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:15-20
Key Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Yesterday’s Key Verse reminded us that “…only those who actually do the will of My Father in heaven will enter.”
Today’s Key Verse gives us another slice of God’s will for us, and it is a tough challenge.
We all have circumstances in our lives that are hard to deal with. Some are frustrating and some are terribly painful. How can we be obedient to God’s will to be thankful for these circumstances?
First, like all challenges in this life, it takes God’s strength and grace to be victorious in these “marching orders” of Jesus. Knowing this, we must make our circumstances a matter of daily prayer and ask God to help us to be thankful for them.
Second, if we are going to be thankful for the negative circumstances of our lives, we must believe that God either allows them to happen or steps in to help us.
If God came to you in physical form and said audibly to you that He was about to cause a negative circumstance in your life, could you reply “thank you, Lord”? Do you have enough faith in His love and wisdom to believe that He knows what He is doing and that there are very good reasons for His actions?
Take note, our Key Verse does not say “be happy about all circumstances”! We can be unhappy about a particular circumstance and still be thankful that God knows that we need it.
For example, if you wanted to get in good physical shape and someone said to you: “I can make that happen; however, there will be some sweat and exhaustion along the way”. You would be unhappy about the sweat and exhaustion but thankful for the promise that you would get what you wanted.
Someone said “nothing is wasted in our life circumstances”. That is true for Christ-followers.
I do not think God causes all the bad circumstances of our lives, but He allows them. There are some circumstances that God does indeed cause to happen to us. We never know whether God simply allowed it or caused it, but for us believers it does not matter because we believe God always uses them. If God is working in these circumstances forcing them to turn out to be good for us, then we have all the reason we need to be thankful in all things!
Summing up the devotionals over the last two days, those who enter the Kingdom of Heaven are those who do the will of God. God wants you to live a holy life and be thankful in all circumstances!
Father, I need Your strength to keep my life free of immorality of mind and body. With Your help, I will be thankful for whatever circumstances I find myself in today. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.