Thanksgiving is almost here, and as the holiday approaches, we are reminded to be thankful for our blessings from the Lord. It’s convenient to be thankful on a day called “Thanksgiving,” especially when we feel like our lives are going well. But it can be hard to give thanks throughout the rest of the year, especially when we’re not content with our circumstances.
In Philippians 4, Paul talks about giving thanks in every situation.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (vs. 4-8 HCSB)
Paul tells us to always rejoice in the Lord, even when we are experiencing circumstances that we don’t understand. And when we are thankful, the peace that passes understanding is produced.
As believers in Christ, we have infinite reasons to be thankful every day. Jesus’ death on the cross provided the ultimate peace between God and men; peace that is available to us today.
Next time you are on the edge, start thanking God, and then you’ll begin to know peace.