Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Proverbs 15:15

"All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast." (Proverbs 15:15).
Last November I preached a couple of messages on "thankfulness"...both on God's desire for us to be thankful, and the power of focusing and choosing thankfulness in all circumstances.  This Proverb is a potent reminder of the power that can be found in being thankful.  Quite simply, those who have chosen thankfulness have a heart that is continually "feasting."  Does this mean we'll always be happy?  Of course not.  Does it mean there won't be pain?  No.  Let me explain...

Philippians 4:4 says to "Rejoice in the Lord, always.  I will say it again, rejoice" and in this verse we find the source of our thankfulness - the Lord.  1 Thessalonians 5:18 says "Give thanks in all circumstances..." 
What these verses DON'T say: they don't say to be thankful "for" all circumstances...nor do they say to rejoice for all things.  Note the word "in" found in both of these verses...we are instead to be thankful "in" all circumstances.  Thankful for what?  At the very base level, we can always be thankful and rejoice "in" the Lord.

In a recent post I talked about grief and worship.  How can you worship when you're grieving?  It's not easy...but again, no matter what circumstance we face, we can choose to rejoice "in" the Lord and to be thankful "in" that circumstance.  The life and heart that learns to have a "default mind-set of thankfulness" is indeed the one who enjoys a continual feast.

Start today; no, start each day by practicing thankfulness.

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