Pastor Ralph Byma
Why Give Thanks
Phillipians 4: 4-8
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Paul is writing this from a prison. His future uncertain. Yet he writes “Rejoice in the Lord always”.
Why rejoice? Why give Thanks? Because whatever your circumstances, the Lord is near. We are never left without His peace, strength, peace, hope and love.