In All Circumstances?

In All Circumstances? The message of 1 Thessalonians 5:18

For a month, our mission team had been sleeping in $5 hotel rooms, dealing with occasional ants in our beds, crumbling walls, unclean hallway bathrooms, and other run-down facilities.

The rooms rarely had fans, and this one was in an especially humid location, so the room felt like an oven.*

Crime and insects kept us from opening the windows, so you can imagine how hard it was to sleep. 

There was another hotel in the city with air conditioning, and everyone on our team offered to pay the extra $5 a night to stay there. But our leader said "no." 

I wasn't thankful for this room...until...

One of our team members who spoke the language shared Christ with a hotel employee, and he became a believer!

Seeing his face as he held his new Bible was "a 1 Thessalonians 5:18 moment" for me:

“give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  

* This true story occurred many years ago, but I've withheld the date and location so no one involved would be offended by my description of the hotel room.
image: downloaded from Microsoft office  

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Thanking God that I can be grateful for EVERYTHING!

In All Circumstances? The message of 1 Thessalonians 5:18


  1. I try to remember, some times more successfully than others, that no matter in what circumstances I find myself, God can use me for His purposes.

  2. Praise God, what a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing and for the encouragement.

  3. Wow, great story.
    Be content, whether rich or poor, full or hungry. I have spent many months and years in poor countries, so I can relate to the 5$ hotels rooms :) It made me appreciate my home in Holland even more!

  4. Such a good story!! God is so good even in circumstances that are uncomfortable.

  5. WOW! What a eye opening story :) God works is the most amazing ways!


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