Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
We are called to rejoice always, to pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks. The reason these words and this command is so important is because in this life we will face trials and we will face discouragement. There will be times when discouragement is so heavy and overwhelming that we will simply feel like giving up.
But giving up and throwing in the towel is not a choice. We are called to press on and continue to pray without ceasing. Even in the trials and difficulties we face we are called to give thanks unto the Lord because everything we experience and go through as we follow Him has been designed by His hand.
The difficulties that we are facing are allowed by the Lord in our lives. They are not meant to destroy us, they are meant to strengthen, refine, and grow us. God desires for us to walk in mature and the fullness of His character. Many Christians remain in the place of immaturity because they simply desire a very surface relationship with the Lord.
But the Lord is seeking a people who are hungry for Him and His kingdom. He is seeking a people who will seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. When the Lord becomes the priority of our lives then we will view every trial and challenge in the light of who He is and what He has done. No matter what we face we will walk in victory. The Lord will lead us and He will strengthen us. May we have the mind of Christ and view every trial that we face simply as an opportunity to grow.