Have you ever wondered what God’s will is for your life? Did you know, the Bible has secrets locked in it revealing what that is? Today, we’re looking at one key that opens 8 of them.
Here we have 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18. This section of verses is known as a figure of speech. Figures of speech are beautiful distinctions in the Word, highlighting a special emphasis or importance on a subject. Each one is a key to unlocking secrets in God’s Word. We turn the keys by knowing their meanings and usages. We have a beautiful figure of speech here called, Asyndeton. It simply means; “without conjunctions.” It takes us through a list of statements. We need to see these statements as a whole and not separate, they lead to a greater conclusion or climax. In this section of verses, using Asyndeton, we find out what is the will of God.
Though each separate statement can be a study all on their own, this figure of speech emphasizes the unique identity of the fusion or synthesis, like an orchestra. An orchestra has a brass section, a winds section, percussion instruments and together they are a beautiful musical arrangement. The sound of the whole is unlike each individual instrument, playing alone, and should be respected as a different composition entirely. Here for you mouth-watering, ear-tantalizing enjoyment is:
1 Thessalonians 5:14-18 (KJV)
“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly,
- comfort the feeble-minded,
- support the weak,
- be patient toward all [men].
- See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];but
- ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].
- Rejoice evermore.
- Pray without ceasing.
- In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
I think it is helpful to also see the literal Greek translation, according to usages of these tremendous verses.
1 Thessalonians 5:14-18
“We encourage you brothers:
- Comfort those believers who neglect their obligations; (Wow, is this rampant in our day and time? Despite that, the Word is our standard, no matter how bad things become. Comfort them, don’t nag, or worse.)
- Comfort those who are discouraged; (DIScouragement is a trick and the opposite of ENcouragement. Don’t we hear all the time, “He dissed me.” Hmm…food for thought there.)
- Uphold the weak; (In all three areas; mind, body, and spirit. With what? Is healing needed? Deliverance etc.?)
- Be patient with everyone. (This “patient” is the one required in bringing up young children.)
- See that none of you repays anyone evil for evil. (Immaturity) but always pursue good in dealing with one another and everyone else. (God’s goodness leads people to a change of heart. This should be our goal.)
- Rejoice always, (Joy-repeated. Joy is a fruit of the spirit. What does that tell us?)
- Pray constantly, (Pray with your understanding and in the spirit. In the spirit it will result in joy because, joy is a fruit of the spirit.)
- And give thanks in all matters, (IN all matters, not FOR all matters. There is a difference. I can find something to thank God for in everything, but I’m not thankful for the devil kicking or hurting someone. It’s all about your focus.)
For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (Here is the climax and conclusion drawn from this list.)
Were you wondering if you are doing the will of God? Here is a practical guide to figuring it out. And if you thought this was awesome, wait till tomorrow! Talk about exciting stuff. The Word of God never gets old, it never grows pale over time. These truths are more applicable today than EVER before!
God bless you, and have fun today doing the will of God.