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The Arrows were (still are?) a duo from South Africa. This song, 'In The Words Of Satan' features a great tune with some very intelligent and coherent lyrics and thoughts.
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Here's something we as Christians sometimes struggle with. It's the exhortation by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 to praise God in all circumstances.
Here's the verse:
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Ever struggled with that? I have. It's a very simple command but one that is difficult to hold onto. I mean, you lose a loved one to death and you're meant to give thanks. You lose your job and you're meant to be grateful. Someone is mean to you and you think you need to keep smiling. Ain't gonna happen, is it?
But there are ways to deal with what we perceive as the difficulty of this verse.
Firstly, it's actually calling us to rejoice 'in' everything, not 'for' everything. Simple really. Your car breaks down, you can't afford to fix it for three weeks and you have an important job interview in two days time. That's nothing to give thanks for. But it is a circumstance in which your joy and prayer should continue and not abate despite the circumstances.
Secondly we need to prepare for the difficult circumstances. What I mean by this is that we need to get into a discipline of praising God during the quieter times, for the small things, the common things, that which we take for granted. Once you have that discipline in place then it becomes so much easier when the difficult things come our way.
As it says in Phillipians 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Something to think about, and practice!
(The impetus for this post came from Isekhua Evborokhai's excellent book Still Standing: Living Victoriously Through Difficult Times )