In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Paul gives these instructions to believers everywhere: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
It’s HARD to rejoice when you’re struggling with a chronic illness. It’s frustrating to watch as your body betrays you, as doctors scratch their heads, and as all your prayers for healing seem to go unanswered.
But Paul’s instructions are clear—God’s children are to rejoice in every circumstance. Keep in mind these words weren’t written by someone living an easy life.
They were written by Paul, who was imprisoned, blinded, beaten, persecuted, and deserted by his friends. He knew suffering and he knew it was possible to still choose joy.
Can I pray for you today, friend?
God, help my friend choose joy today. Let them look for reasons to rejoice and give thanks, no matter what they’re facing. Help them to pray always, leaning deep into your sweet Presence. In Jesus’ name, Amen.