On September 30, Pastor Katy preaches on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Philippians 4:6-7.
5:16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
4:6 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.
Gratitude is something that can come fairly easily when things are going well or something good has happened, but it’s a whole different story when everything seems to be falling apart. We hear the Scriptures telling us to give thanks in all circumstances and not to worry about anything, but the author of these passages has surely never been through a prolonged illness, financial hardship, or a devastating life circumstance! Even Jesus didn’t scream from the cross, “Thank you, God, for allowing me to be crucified!” Then again, the words in 1 Thessalonians don’t say to give thanks “for” all circumstances, but “in” all circumstances. It might not change what is happening around us, but how might it change us if even in the midst of despair we turned to gratitude for the things we can be grateful for?