Posted by: heisourstrongtower | December 2, 2013

Many Strands Challenge ~ Seeking God’s Wisdom for 2014 ~ Day 63

Seeking God's Wisdom - Day 63

Today’s Assignment ~ Make sure that you have your prayer journal with you as you complete each day’s reading.  You are going to want to keep track of the verses that are resonating with you, as you read.

1. If you have not already done so, answer the questions in this blog-post;

https://heisourstrongtower.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/many-strands-challenge-seeking-gods-wisdom-for-2014/

If you have answered them…review your answers prior to reading today’s assignment.

2. Say a prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you through His word.

3. Read 1 Thessalonians 4 – 5 and as you read, highlight verses that are speaking to your heart and reflect on these questions…

  • What is the main point of this portion? 
  • What does God – Father, Son or Holy Spirit – reveal of himself? 
  • What insight am I given about myself and into my life situation? Is there an example of a warning to heed? A promise to claim? 
  • What does Christ require of me now, in thought, word or action?

A reflection on today’s reading…

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I thought that I would share with you a devotional from my Bible by Carol L. Baldwin called “Thanksgiving for All Things”.  Sometimes we find it hard to remain thankful for all things and this devotion reminds us of why we should be intentional in praying and being thankful to God…for all things!!

“Lord, how can I thank you when I am single and want to be married?”

“Dear God, how can I ever be happy in this dead-end job?”

“God, how can I thank you for broken plumbing in our bathroom when we don’t have the money to make repairs?”

How can we have thankful, contented hearts when the circumstances in our lives are not what we had planned and when they lie outside our control or our power to change?

Let’s look at our alternatives. If we are not thankful, we become bitter and angry with God: he is not providing what we “rightfully” deserve.  If we are not content, we become rebellious and complaining: after all, he gives our friends everything they pray for – why does he refuse us?

Underlying these complaints and questions lie two errors in our thinking: that God is not trustworthy and that he does not desire our good.  When we compare these conclusions with Scripture, we discover how wrong we are!  God’s Word instructs us that God is sovereign and in control, providing for and working out all the circumstances in the lives of those who love him and whom he has called (Romans 8:28; 1 Corinthians 10:13a; Philippians 4:6-7).  He is intimately involved with us; he works out his purposes through the events in our lives so that we may be conformed to the image of his Son.

We have further reason to praise him.  The same God who formed the world in six days knows every hair on our heads.  The same God, who chose a people for himself before we were born, sent his Son to die on the cross to redeem us from our sins.

God’s love for his people is not determined by the circumstances in  our lives.  His love is steadfast. Our marital status, career or finances might fluctuate or totally break apart.  In spite of that, however, we can and must give him thanks for his love toward us.  We must serve him with unhesitating hearts.

 

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