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When you were a child, did you ever get a secret decoder ring in a box of cereal? The secret decoder ring was a fantastic tool to uncover hidden messages. Of course, it was powered by sheer imagination.
Even today, people often want something to uncover hidden meaning or messages. For example, many consult their horoscopes. For Christians, we often seek to know God’s will. We usually ponder God’s will when facing specific decisions. For example, is it God’s will to take a specific job? Does God want me to marry a specific person? Is God leading me to move to a new city? People often ask questions like these. Don’t get me wrong, these are appropriate questions to ask. However, do you know the will of God for every day of your life?
God actually wants certain things for all of his people. Do you know them? You can find three of them in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)
Notice each of these things are marked by the words always, continually and all. Also, we must actively perform them. Is your life marked by rejoicing, praying and giving thanks? Each is a challenge in some way. The specific challenge for thankfulness is giving it “in all circumstances.”
Regardless of how our day goes, God’s will for us today, is to give thanks to him.
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