Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
When you rejoice for the mud, the yuck, you thank God for all things.
For all things, including the yucky parts of life.
God is working for our good and when He works, sometimes there is mud.
Mud on your pants, mud on your hands, mud on your face.
Are you thankful for the mud?
God allows all things in your life. Even the mud.
He is working all things for good, and that includes, sigh, the mud.
Are you thankful?
Thankful for the good times and bad?
God uses life to gain our attention.
Sometimes we need a rude awakening.
Sometimes our family members need it.
God allows things because He loves us so much.
He sees the beginning from the end.
You cannot. All you see is the here and now with maybe a glimpse of the past.
Focusing our prayers on the immediate present, we seek God to intervene.
To stop whatever it is that is tormenting us or our family.
But what if God is allowing it to change us?
To change our family, bringing them into a deeper understanding of God?
To acknowledge we are not in control, but God is?
When we choose to praise God in every circumstance, we are acknowledging God’s sovereignty.
His perfect will for us.
God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3).
Will you praise Him for the mud?
Praise Him for everything: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Remind yourself Who is on the throne, Who is sovereign, and Who holds all things in His capable hands.
God’s got this and more.
So praise Him for all of it.
He’s working all things out for your good.