Daily Devotional for Monday January 15, 2018

Scripture:

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NASB) in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Observation:

Never in a million years would I have thought for one second that I would give thanks to God for my hearing loss. Having lived for with it for a while now, I have found that having the hearing loss can lead to some funny things. Some of the conversations my wife and I have end up with us laughing so hard we cry. Sometimes the miscommunication leaves us in stitches. Today's verse speaks of giving thanks in everything. Just imagine giving thanks for some of our disabilities or our struggles. It would seem almost impossible, but if we have the mindset that God's will is that we do give thanks in everything, it can lead to a different perspective in life. One where our failings or short comings are actually lessons in life to be thankful for. Like I said, at the beginning, I never would have imagined I would give thanks for the hearing loss, but it has brought some unbelievable moments of laughter. Don't be afraid to laugh at your shortcomings and give God the thanks between laughs, it will do your soul a world of good!  

Application:

Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.
 

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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