Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Thanksgiving Verses

In Philippians 4:10-13, Paul says that he learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I believe that one technique he used to learn such peace is described in the previous verses:
Philippians 4:4-7;
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
We can't understand it, but if we thank God for all of the things happening in our life (good and bad) then we will experience His peace.

This is a wonderful promise -- and quite a challenge!

What are some other examples of verses about how to become more content?


At 12:22 AM, Blogger Weekend Fisher said...

My own favorite is the "prayer of the righteous man" late in Proverbs:

Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do nto refuse me before I die.
Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say 'Who is the LORD?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. (Proverbs 30:7-9)

Which is right neighboring to one of the more interesting mentions of Christ in the OT (Proverbs 30:4), while you're in the neighborhood.

Take care & God bless

At 3:58 PM, Blogger Greg said...

Contentment is a learned behavior and is therefore akin to Faith. It grows as God is faithful and as we recognize His provision. That's why Thanksgiving is so important . . . it reminds us of His continual provision in our life and that we therefore don't have to worry . . . just walk in the light of His love and watch Him work!

At 11:47 AM, Blogger collegekid said...

i think the key to contentment is realizing how gracious God is to us each new day. we grow so accustomed to God's grace that we cry foul or become discontent when He decides to be fair. pretend a friend of yours drives up to your house one day and gives you a fifty dollar bill. you're so grateful for such a great present and thank him again and again. the next day, your friend gives you another fifty dollar bill, and the next day, then the next. this continues on for a month and soon you find yourself awaiting by the door for "your" fifty dollars. then that day, your friend drives by your house. no fifty dollars. our natural reaction would be "where's my fifty bucks?!" the gift has become a right, not a gift. we are so graced by God's mercy that when He is just we are angry with Him. we accuse Him of not being fair, though we are the one's that are not fair. i think that whenever we grow unthankful, we need to ask Him to remind us that everything we have is a gift, and when we do not have, we need to be grateful that He has done good things for us already. He is our gift. though it is hard to have this grateful mentality, we will accquire it if we put it into daily use. God bless!!!

At 11:11 PM, Anonymous Joann said...

How about one of the chapters and verses in Psalms 119 that talks about how we as human beings are fearfully and wonderfully made in God's image and glory? I've always favored that one!

At 10:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Contentment is not living beyond our needs. Be thankful every day for the simple things in life health, fresh air, a meal our family. So many things we often take for granted. God is faithful to us by providing us with all these things ......I think it is enough to be thankful for


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