“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, tell God every detail of your needs. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
As I have tried to apply what Paul prescribes in these verses, I have found this prescription for peace to be more helpful than any other spiritual discipline. According to the Apostle Paul, an attitude of gratitude leads to the therapy of thanksgiving as we apply gratitude to our stressful circumstances.
Be sure to make the observation that Paul does not prescribe giving thanks for all things. He instructs us to give thanks in all things. When we do this it automatically moves our mindset from the negative to the positive. The apostle promises that the peace of God will protect and stand guard (like the soldiers chained to Paul as he writes these words) over our hearts and minds as they rest and trust in Christ Jesus.
We cannot always control our circumstances – but we can control the way we respond to them. Paul is telling us to respond with gratitude. If we do, we will find this prescription of thanksgiving contributes to victory over our circumstances, because the therapy of thanksgiving leads us into God’s peace.
When a pastor asked a church member how she was doing, her response was, “Pretty good pastor, under the circumstances.”
The pastor responded, “Whatever are you doing there?”
Dick Woodward, 02 September 2009
GOD’S PEACE & A BLESSED THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!