Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17
These days it seems that evil is much more present or at least visible. We seem to have more questions than answers. Some find this as plenty enough reason to choose to not believe in God's existence or power to save, heal or deliver. Others choose to make a god. One that is aloof and looks from afar not responding to the heart cry of people or one that fits in a cabinet, on a bookshelf or lives in a tree or prism.
Still others choose philosophies of humanity, creative culture and concsiousness to exalt to godlike status, taking a little of this and a little of that.
Of all of the reasons that many find in the world to not believe, in them I find now more reason to believe in God's power and existence. The apostle Paul encourages the church at Thessalonica by laying out for them the basics of the faith: the message of the gospel and how to apply the truths that they believe. We would do well to read this letter. In our longing to understand and make sense of it all we ask questions and when we do not find the answers that we seek or when we do not approve of the answers we resolve to create something we can accept or explain.
I have learned that the word of God provides an answer and a solution for many of life's major ills. The fix just isn't quick enough for us. Having gone through the tantrums, anxieties and cryptic, cynical cyles of doubt, fear, unbelief and outright rebellion; the more I submit to the Word and the Spirit of God, the more I am maturing in faith and understanding. As these things happen I learn to appreciate more the death and resurrection of Christ on behalf of us all. The more I embrace the beauty of the unconditional and inseparable love of the Father for His children and for the working of the ministry of the Holy Spirit, not just in my life but in the earth, the more I am thankful. The more thankful I am the more I share my faith-life with others.
Unfortunately (I say that because we hate it), it is the hardship of life and trouble that drives us to pray more. Prayer drives us to hear and hearing to obey and obedience to deeper faith and relationship with God. As children when we were overwhelmed or afraid we would cling to our parents until we knew it was alright. We trusted them, their judgment and their words. When their words proved true (and even when they didn't) we showered them with hugs and kisses, then praised and protected their names, (even to the point of fighting, DON'T talk about my Mama). We said please when there was a need and thank you when it was taken care of or we had faith that it would be.
Ahhhh...The trusting nature of the child is to stay in communication with the Father, listening and talking, resting in the truth of His words and to thank Him perpetually for every thing that He is holding together, working together for good, healing, tearing down and rebuilding. Don't give up or let go because it does not look like you want it to. Do not give in because you cannot explain why everything happens as it does. Don't create your own god or accept one already created by some lofty thinker because if they can fully understand all of the workings of their god I promise you their god is too small, insignificant and powerless. Keep praying and working what you can to contribute to make things better in your corner of the world. After all it is bad but it is NOT as bad as it could be.
In everything give thanks and you will soon find that you have alot more to give thanks for.