“Rejoice always…for this
is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Perhaps you have experienced a time of grief from losing a loved one or a time of agony of a crushed dream. Feeling utterly helpless, you cried out to God, “Hello God, can You hear me?”
It was just another day during the week after dinner, where I shared about prayer to my two little boys. Their eyes opened wide in amazement when I explained that prayer is not just talking to God but hearing God’s voice. My older boy asked, “Mommy, you mean God can hear me, and I can hear God’s voice?” “Yes, honey.” Since that day, my boys have been praying to God and they started in this journey of hearing God’s voice.
There’s something about the childlike faith in children that is not tainted by the harsh realities of life that adults have experienced. The Apostle Paul says, “Rejoice always…for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). God wants us to respond with childlike faith and obedience by rejoicing always, in every situation.
God is not the initiator of all things, but He can turn all things around for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). We can come boldly to God’s throne of grace to obtain mercy and find help in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16). - By DQ