“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6
Let me share a quick Thanksgiving reflection.
Here in this verse we have the concept of thanksgiving linked with some unlikely things. We are not not to be anxious – so we are in a context that has the potential to cause a great deal of stress. We are told to pray and give our requests to the Lord – so there are things that we are looking for that at the moment we do not have, thus the need for prayer requests. This seems like an unlikely situation to spur on the idea of thanksgiving.
Yet, in the midst of this context we are reminded of the greatness of God. We were created to be dependent upon God. Our times of need ought to drive us to a loving heavenly Father. When we have needs or are in stressful situations we can be thankful that our God loves us and will supply our needs just as a Father helping his children. As a father, I want me children to come to me when they have needs. I would be deeply offended if they were begging others for the things they lack. I want them to know they can always come to me. God told us that we can cast all our anxieties on him “because he cares for you.” (I Peter 5:7) In these times we see the greatness of God’s power and love.
Typically, when we look to give thanks, we look around us at what we have and say thank you. Yet, perhaps we would be good to also look at the one responsible for all we have and be thankful not just to him but for him. Our ultimate satisfaction is not in what we have but in who we have.