In spite of it all

Even though we all almost always reply positively when asked how it is going, things aren’t always good. This comes as no surprise to any human being on planet Earth. We all know that life is full of ups and downs, good time and fantastic times, bad times and horrendous times. But how should these affect us?

Ephesians 5:20 in the King James reads as follows: “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”. This is a nice verse and a nice sentiment, and it is good to be thankful towards God, because all good things come from Him (James 1:17).

But that is not what the writer was saying, he uses the word, huper, and it translates not as, for all things, but as, in spite of, over and above, beyond the reach of circumstances. Now the verse takes on an entirely different meaning. We are supposed to be thankful to God in spite of everything, regardless of our circumstances. And you can do this if you keep in mind that you are beyond the reach of circumstances. Why? Because you are in God, and of course God is above all circumstances, therefore you too are above all circumstances.

James 5:13: “If anyone is going through a tough time, let him worship; when times are good, sing praises.” So don’t take your lead from your circumstances, neither when they are good, nor when they are bad.