Paul was inspired to write in Ephesians 5:20 that we should “give thanks always for all things” and again in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “give thanks in everything”. If there was anyone who suffered exceedingly painful persecutions and hardships as a Christian, it was certainly him. And, yet, he experienced superabounding joy in it all!! (Please reference the Post “Supernatural Joy”)
This is why he could sincerely advise all Christians as he did in verses 20 and 18….because of his own experience with “all” things.
God and Christ Jesus NEVER, EVER allow anything to touch us during our lives as Christians unless it is for our own good and advancement.
Christ Jesus, as God in the Old Testament, set boundaries when Satan was allowed to test Job (for Job’s betterment) and it is exactly that way today for all believers.
If we have a ‘bad hair day’ in any way, shape or form, They allowed it to come to us for our benefit, whether we understand the reason or not.
If your car has a flat tire when you are on the way to work in the pouring rain, when you are already late, then God and Jesus knew you needed that situation for whatever reason They saw necessary. Be thankful They love us enough to take the time to help us learn these lessons for our Spiritual growth, even using unpleasant circumstances at times.
The same is true when we are confronted with illnesses, difficulties in our family lives and in EVERY situation along the Christian road we take.
And, of course, They ALWAYS balance out the ‘bad’ experiences along with the ‘good’ experiences that we encounter during our earthly journey.
“ALL things are working together for good to those who love God”. (Romans 8:28)