Our scripture this morning is Philippians 4:4-7.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Paul encourages the congregation at Philippi to rejoice in all circumstances. He tells them “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (v. 6). Paul knows from experience that prayer and praise are the best way to handle any situation, joyful or sad.
It is often difficult for us to put on a happy face when times are hard. The scriptures don’t tell us to be falsely pleasant. We have heard in Paul’s letter to the Romans “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). However, God wants us to know that no matter what we experience He is there.
When we face tough situations we can count on the support of God and our brothers and sisters in Christ. No one ever needs to be alone in joy or grief. We have “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (v. 7) to guide and protect us always.
Loving Lord, we are thankful for Your love, given to us without measure. Strengthen us through adversity and let us share the Gospel everywhere. Amen.