Being Thankful

 

Be thankful in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:8 nlt

This is a verse that is not difficult to understand. We are to be thankful no matter where we are or what we are experiencing be it good or bad, easy or hard, happy or sad. Why? Because we belong to Jesus and whatever is happening it is part of God’s will for us.

Okay, that was easy to type. But not always easy to believe. When life is going according to my plans or without problems I have no problem accepting that all is just as God wants for me and I am thankful without hesitation. But when my plans go awry and there are unexpected interruptions and problems or there are circumstances not to my liking I tend to question God’s will and there is little thought of being thankful.heart-71227_640

Then Jesus reminds me of this promise;

For I know the plans I have for you,
declares the LORD,
plans for welfare and not for evil,
to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 esv

He has plans for us. Anything that happens (or doesn’t happen) in our lives cannot change what He has planned. With Him we have a future and a hope. That is reason enough to be thankful in all circumstances.

Nothing is a surprise to Him. He knows those who belong to Him. He has plans for us. Nothing will prevent God’s will from being done.
Thank you, Jesus!

 

 

Matthew 6:10 esv

earth

God reigns in His kingdom in heaven and in our hearts
while we wait for the full realization of His reign on earth.
His will is for the salvation of all people; that all will say
“Not my will but Your will be done”.
We pray that His will be done here on earth with delight, perseverance,
and always with love, the same as it is done in Heaven.

Is the kingdom a reality in your heart?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

Image: morgueFile

Matthew 6:10 niv

anjo

God’s will is accomplished in heaven now for it is known
and life there is perfect.
His will is not completed or fully known here on earth…yet.

We can be confident that when His kingdom comes, here, we will see clearly
what is, today, sometimes difficult to discern.
When His kingdom comes we will truly know His will
and the earth will be as He created it to be.

Do you pray for His kingdom to come?
Do you pray for the earth to be as He created it to be? 
Are your prayers bigger than you?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

Photo: publicdomainpictures.net