Today’s Scripture: Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16‑18

The baker looked down with frustration as he saw the uneven, dense, and partially undercooked cakes before him. After explaining the recipe and demonstrating how to bake the cakes, the students had failed to listen and the results were pitiful. He asked the students if they had followed the recipe until one by one they admitted they changed something along the way. He explained that the recipe was there to maintain the consistency of the cake. If they would have followed the example, their cakes would have been exactly like his.

In today’s Scripture, we should focus on the words “evermore,” “without ceasing,” and “in every thing.” These are the requirements needed to meet God’s commands for rejoicing, praying, and giving thanks. “Evermore” means from now and at all times in the future. We need to start rejoicing now and continue to do so. “Without ceasing” means without end. Don’t give up if you don’t see an answer to your prayer or stop after God answers. “In every thing” means no matter the circumstance! We should be thankful knowing God can even use the difficult times for good.

The secret to rejoicing evermore, praying without ceasing, and giving thanks, is knowing that God is always the same. He is faithful and does not change! God is always good and worthy of our praise and thanksgiving. No matter what we are going through, God loves us. He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us and wants us to cast our cares upon Him.

Just as correctly following a recipe will yield consistent results, we can trust our Savior no matter what. We can rejoice in both the good and the bad times because God is still in control. We need His hand in our lives whether things are going well or not, though many times we only come to Him in need. Even in hard times, we have so much for which to be thankful. Thank God for His faithfulness in your life, and together, let’s strive to obey Him faithfully.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.