Being Thankful in Everything and Anxious for Nothing
Paul wrote, "In nothing be anxious; but in
everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be
made known unto God. And the peace of
God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts
in Christ Jesus." (Philippians
always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks: for this is the will
of God in Christ Jesus to you-ward." (1
Surely Paul could not mean what he wrote here, could
he? How can we be expected to be
thankful for everything, and anxious for nothing? Didn't Paul know that I was looking forward
to mowing my lawn today, and planting some flowers in my garden? How could I be thankful that all my plans are
now ruined because of this incessant rain and unseasonably cold weather?
Jesus said in Matthew 6:31-34, "Be not therefore anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?' Or, `What shall we drink?' Or, `Wherewithal shall we be clothed?' For after all these things do the Gentiles
seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek you first His kingdom, and His
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for
the morrow will be anxious for itself.
Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
One's attitude, it seems, is the key. It is a matter of one's perspective. If one chooses to be unhappy and miserable
when life's arrows are shot our way, then one will be just that. But if one chooses to be happy,
grateful and thankful, then one will be content, no matter how Satan buffets
What about the person who has just been robbed? Could this individual be thankful, too? Matthew Henry, English nonconformist minister
and Bible commentator (1662-1714), was robbed one night. After this dreadful encounter, he went back
and wrote in his diary, "I want to
first thank God that I was never robbed before.
Second, I thank God that they took my wallet and not my life. Third, because, although they took everything
I had, it was not much. And fourth,
because it was I who was robbed and it was not I who robbed."
Now this is being thankful in all circumstances and
being anxious for nothing! This is
surely making lemonade when life gives us lemons!
May God bless you today and always!