1 THESSALONIANS 5:18 CEV ~ "Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do."
There are many things in life we may not understand. But we can understand this verse, and know that God gave these instructions for our benefit, to help us -- not because God is so insecure that He needs constant thanks.
When bad things happen, what should we do?
Will it help to gripe and complain and feel sorry for ourselves?
No. That only makes things worse.
When bad things happen they seem to contradict belief in the goodness and care of God. But we must remember that there is an enemy, the devil, who is out to steal our faith, our peace, and our joy. We are commanded in Scripture to resist him, staying strong in our faith.
Giving thanks is a powerful way to resist the devil. Even when we do not understand, and it seems like things are out of control and going downhill fast -- we should force ourselves to stay in faith and be thankful.
This is not to say that God is responsible or to thank God for evil. Instead, I am saying we can thank God for what He is doing, and what He has already done for us in the sacrifice of Jesus -- no matter what may be happening.)
1 THESSALONIANS 5:18 NLT ~ No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
So, on this "Thankful Thursday," I will keep thanking God, no matter what happens.
I've had several contacts regarding employment and I have a job interview @ 11:00 a.m. (CST) (Thursday). I would like to just step back and allow God to lead me. I'm finishing up some testing for a couple of potential employment opportunities. I'm at the most difficult part of the testing, so please pray that I can get this accomplished successfully. There is one place in particular that looks better "on paper." Update: I have a job. More later.
Jan is back at M.D. Anderson. She will be having 8-hour blood work (Thursday). I would ask that you pray her levels look GREAT. Pray this is the chemo that will wipe out all the cancer, with minimal or no side effects, as well as no problems with the way the chemo and her anti-seizure meds work.
I will be making some phone calls Thursday a.m. for my Mom to her family physician and the cardiologist she saw the other day. We're going to be making some decisions (or she is, I guess I should say) regarding what steps need to take next.
Thankful Thursday is hosted by Iris at Sting My Heart.