by Randy Chambers, 2014-06-02
1Thessalonians 5:16-18, NKJV: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
How has God blessed you? Can you think of a particular way, or perhaps even several ways that He has blessed you? Take a moment and give Him thanks for His blessings. Now then, have any of your blessings been times of darkness, pain, or struggle? Can you think of Godís blessings in times of sorrow and loss? Itís not something we often think of. Nevertheless, the idea is a simple one: if you are a child of God, you are always blessed. You are blessed in the good times, and blessed in the bad times. For as a child of God, there is nothing that comes into your life that God doesnít permit. Everything you experience, every peak and every valley, are all allowed into your life for reasons that God alone may know. But know this, as Godís child, you are loved by God. Your Heavenly Father will do nothing to harm you, and in fact, will actively love you through every circumstance of your life. It may not seem easy to associate your darkest times as times of blessings, but try. You may discover anew a wonderful side of God that comes as you are able to give God thanks in everything, and trust Him in all things.