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November 5, 2008

Personal Finance in the Bible: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Filed under: Contentment,Personal Finance in the Bible — Paul Williams @ Crackerjack Greenback @ 6:00 am

Bible with Cross Shadow by knowhimonline on Flickr       This week’s Personal Finance Bible Scripture comes from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. I find it to be a good reminder of what we should do as Christians even when we’re experiencing hard times. If you are going through a difficult period right now, financially, spiritually, or otherwise, I recommend you write out this verse and put it somewhere you can see it every day.

16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

We can easily break this passage up into four main points:

       1. We should always be joyful – even in the very worst of times. And we have a very good reason to be joyful. God gave His only Son to cover our sins so we can join Him in Heaven. That fact should overshadow any adversity in our life if we really take it to heart.

       2. We should always be praying. This is how we communicate with God. Continual prayer means our minds are always focused on God. Whatever we focus our minds on will have a profound impact on our actions and attitude, so keeping God foremost in our minds is the best thing we can do in any situation.

       3. We should always be thankful – and not just in the good times. God has blessed us so much more than we realize. We get caught up in looking for material blessings, but the greatest blessing we have is Jesus. He has taken away our sins and brings us into communion with God. Even if we’re naked and starving, we still have the blessing of Jesus.

       I think most Christians in the U.S. can agree we’re also very blessed materially. Nearly all of us have a home, clothes, food, and much more. There are billions of people worldwide who would be ecstatic to have a home the size of the average American living room, much less all the amenities and abundance of food we find in our homes. So even in what seem like “hard” times, remember that you are very blessed and be thankful.

       4. This is God’s will for us. This is what God wants us to do all of our lives. He wants us to be joyful and happy, to be very close to Him and always in prayer, and to be thankful at all times. Our lives would be so much more fulfilling if we pursued these three things with relentless passion.


  1. “Whatever we focus our minds on will have a profound impact on our actions and attitude” Couldn’t agree with you more. Ask any successful athelete, business professional, or homemaker what makes the most difference, and the answer in a nutshell is exactly this: focus.

    Great reminder of the simple facts about God’s relationship with us, the Creator of the universe wants to be near to each of us!

    Now THAT is something to be thankful and joyous about !

    Comment by Joshua — November 10, 2008 @ 3:12 pm

  2. Joshua,

    Thanks for your comment! You are absolutely right about how exciting it is to know that God, the Creator of all things, wants a personal relationship with each of us. 🙂

    Comment by Paul Williams @ Crackerjack Greenback — November 10, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

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