7.31.2012

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

In God, everything can turn out to be blessings.
Maybe that is why Paul says:
“Give thanks in all circumstances, because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Give thanks in all circumstances.
Can you do that?

Then what about God?
Can God do that?
Can God give thanks in all situations?
Can God give thanks when Jesus is born?
Can God give thanks when Jesus runs away to Egypt?
Can God give thanks when Jesus is growing up in Nazareth?
Can God give thanks when Jesus is baptized?
Can God give thanks when Jesus starts preaching?
Can God give thanks when Jesus prays overnight?
Can God give thanks when Jesus is able to have his followers?
Can God give thanks when Jesus welcomes children?
Can God give thanks when Jesus is obedient to God?
Can God give thanks when Jesus was rejected by people?
Can God give thanks when Jesus was crucified?
Can God give thanks when Jesus was resurrected?
Can God give thanks when God sees his disciples live like Christ Jesus?

We know that when Paul faces difficulty in life, he didn’t forget to give thanks to God.
But we are not Paul.
Sometimes, we face some situation where we cannot give thanks.
We cannot embrace.
We have this anger spring up.
What can we do?
It is like a psychological problem.

What about Jesus?
Can Jesus give thanks in all situations?
But can Jesus give thanks for Pharisees and Sadducees?
Can Jesus give thanks for Judah Iscariot?
Can Jesus give thanks for those who reject him?
Jesus wept over Jerusalem.
Can he give thank for the people of Jerusalem?

Sometimes, we feel sad or feel disappointed.
I think it is normal.
We don’t always be upbeat and rejoice.
Sometimes we can express these feeling in God.

At the same time, sometimes, we need to force ourselves to give thanks and praise God in these situations.
Because it is our proclamation of our faith: God is still alive.
It is not because we are hopeful.
It is not because we feel new possibility.
We give thank because Christ Jesus is with us.
We give thanks because we know of God.
We give thanks because we met Jesus.
We give thanks because we know God, in Jesus.
Even though we may not give thanks in all the circumstances, we always have some situation that we can give thanks.
You still have those who love you.
We still have those who pray for us.

We may not rejoice always in God.
We may sometimes, feel:
“Why am I coming to the church? Shall I leave this church?”
We all have those moments.
It is ok.
After that, we can give thanks in God.
We can give thanks, praying to Jesus all about it.
We may give thanks believing again that we don’t need to worry about anything in Jesus.