Rejoice always, pray continually

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

We are called to rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances. This happens as we mature in Christ and come to understand that the Lord is in control of all things.

Circumstances can often discourage us, especially if things are not working out the way that we expect. This is simply how faith grows. As we experience tough challenging times the Lord is continually calling us to trust and seek Him. As we seek Him through every circumstance He will strengthen us and He will continue to grow and refine us.

God has a perfect will for our life and His ways are high and above our ways. It is not based upon our understanding but simply trusting the Lord each step of the way. The Lord will always provide and always lead. He has simply called us to follow and trust Him. He is our Good Shepherd. The safest place we can be is in the will of God. There is nothing more exciting upon the earth than abandoning ourselves to the plans and purposes of the Lord.