I Thessalonians 1-5: Give Thanks

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,

give thanks in all circumstances;

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you

I Thessalonians 5:16-18, ESV


You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly.

The streams of God are filled with water

to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it.

Psalms 65:9, NIV


Last year Happy, Texas experienced it's third lowest rainfall since records began in 1880. We received a little over 10 inches of rain, and this came after the two previous years had lower than normal rainfall. The first five months of this year were not much better. As the farmers and ranchers could tell you, we were in trouble.


In the past week, Happy has received more rain than we had for the entire prior year. The Happy draw is filled with water, just like David said of all of God's streams in the passage above. And while we are a bit water logged now, the land is healed and there is hope for this region.


And we are thankful!


But the rain of the past week is not meant to be the focal point of this article. Rather, the focus is upon the last 3 1/2 years of drought. Were we thankful then? The reason I ask is that we had much to be thankful for during the previous years because God blessed us richly during that time and He carried us through!


Through sickness and turmoil and drought, God rescued us!


And just as we are to be joyful and prayerful and thankful for the showers of blessing we have received this past week, we were to be just as joyful and prayerful and thankful for the blessings that God gave us during the times of trial. Maybe more so, when you think about it, for it is the hard times that truly display the power of God and which prove our faithfulness. Anyone can be grateful when times are easy and they are getting just what they want, but it is times of testing that builds servants who are indeed worthy to serve.


The fact is that we need God as much during hard times - sometimes more so - and He has never let us down.


And we are thankful!


The reading for the next few days is from Paul's 1st letter to the church at Thessalonica. It teaches us how to be thankful in all situations.