Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent

Today’s Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Many people are curious when it comes to the will of God. They want to know, “What is God’s will for my life?” Usually, by that question, they mean, “What career path should I choose?” or “Where should I live?” The Bible describes the plain will of God for His children in 1 Thessalonians 5. God’s will for you is to:

Rejoice Always

The world rejoices only when things go well for them, when they have a good day at work or when their favorite football team wins. You can rejoice always because the source of your joy is not in your earthly circumstances, but the promises of salvation which belong to you in Christ.

Pray Without Ceasing

The world prays only as a last resort, if at all. You, a baptized child of God, see prayer as more than just an emergency 911 call, but as a constant lifeline of communication with your Father in heaven. What a privilege to bring your needs and the needs of your neighbor before the Lord in prayer!

Give Thanks in All Circumstances

Notice that word, “all.” That’s the difficult one isn’t it? It’s easy to give thanks when everything in your life is going well, but God’s will is that you give thanks in all circumstances. Even in difficult times, you have a reason to give thanks: God sent His Son into this world so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life! This is more than reason enough to spend your life rejoicing, praying and giving thanks to God!

Prayer: From heav’n above to earth I come, to bear good news to every home; glad tidings of great joy I bring, whereof I now will say and sing. (From Heaven Above to Earth I Come, LSB 358:1).

This devotion was written by Reverend Kurt Larson, pastor of Risen Christ Lutheran Church in Davenport, IA.

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