It is absolutely amazing how simple truth can radically change the most dramatic circumstances. There have been so many times in my life as a parent, as a pastor, as a man, where I have been overwhelmed by the weight of life’s challenges, not to mention my own sin. This simple set of commands from the Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5 is such a beautiful network for life that we often overlook it as religious duty. No! This is a doorway to life and the restoring of our joy in the midst of pain!
As an act of faith choose to obey – rejoice in what God is, what God has done in your past. Pray, talk to God about all your situations and needs. Give thanks for what He has done and will do. Do you see it – does it pop to you. These actions, done in obedience, lift your gaze, your face up to His face. They invite heaven into your world. They bring our attention to beauty and grace that are ours in every situation of life. They bless and build our relationship with our loving Savior, Provider and Lord. They connect you afresh to the very source of life.
Today is the day to obey – Rejoice – Pray – Thank – this is God’s loving will for you!