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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Turn it Around

A quick devotional thought on an almost quiet Sunday morning.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (NIV).

I think these verses are often misused.  When we look at these, I think we often assume that the circumstance, whatever it is, is God's will.  Instead, what if we considered that the rejoicing, praying, and thanksgiving are God's will, regardless of the circumstance?  I know it's a relatively popular belief that God, in God's sovereignty, gets whatever God wants, but I'm less and less convinced that this is true.  Sometimes (OK, maybe more than sometimes) stuff happens that God does not want.  Stuff happens that we do not want.  How we react, what we do next, says a lot about who we are.  God often uses these things for good (see Genesis 50).  How can we, being created Imago Dei, do they same?


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