1 Thessalonians 5:18, Ephesians 5:18-20
1 In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
You want to obey God, you take His word very seriously and have lived through a lot of stuff. You’ve made some mistakes, even said no to a few things over time, and you have resolved them with a little repentance and submission, but this is different. This time God has put His finger on some area of your life that you hoped was off-limits – too personal, too sensitive, too emotional, or too private.
Now He has crossed all lines and broken into a room in your heart where the pain is so visceral that it can produce a physical reaction. You are shocked that such a place exists in you, now doubly shocked that it’s not off-limits, and you are supposed to be thankful for this violation? This intrusion has ruthlessly crossed some emotional wires, short-circuiting even your personality. It seems you have been replaced in some of your key relationships by a sad, wounded person who won’t give in or give up, but so wants to be happy again. The usual joyful you everyone is used to seems blunted and distracted. So much of your energy is now invested in repairing the breach in your heart that you find it necessary to try for extra sleep which even if it comes doesn’t give the rest you need, leaving you wondering if you’ll ever feel good again.
In the next post, we’ll talk about three verses that could make a difference in your outlook on God, His actions, and your reactions. Please meditate on them as much as you can and we’ll talk about it.
Ephesians 5:18-20 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father