Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
Scripture tells us to give thanks in all circumstances — and for the longest time I struggled badly with that concept. I felt as though I should be outwardly thanking God even in the worst times of my life, while inside I was feeling anything but grateful. Given that God already knows our hearts, it felt disingenuous to say the least.
In order to truly give thanks in all things, we need a change in perspective. When the seventy-two that Jesus sent out returned after seeing miracles happening all around them, Jesus redirected their focus, telling them to instead rejoice in the promise of Heaven. He knew that it was important to separate the Father’s unwavering goodness from the constant ups and downs we see in the world around us.
Take some time in prayer this morning thanking God not only for what he’s given you in this world, but most importantly, for the promise of sharing eternity with Him!