"In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." (Philippians 4:6)
“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” (James 4:14)
Over 12 years ago my husband and I had a car wreck. It was a head on collision with us going 55 mph on a highway and the other woman who was going approx. 25 mph. Everyone escaped with minor broken bones or bruises, but the emotional damage continued for years. It didn't take long for flashbacks to start. Even as I write this my heart is racing again. It is things like these that remind us that life is fragile and we are to handle with prayer.
I often think about being thankful. When I say a prayer of thanks am I truly thankful? Often times we simply say “thank you” because it has been ingrained in us. My 14 month old has been taught to say thank you.
But do we really have a heart of thanksgiving? When we look at all of our blessings – children, church family, possessions, love – and when we think about how quickly our life or the lives of our loved ones could be gone in a moment, how can we help but to truly have a heart of thanksgiving?
“Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:7)
What are you seeking in your life?
Right now in our nation, there are those who have lost their homes and all that they once owned. There are also those who are facing the possibility of losing their homes to a flood. What should be a Christian's response to these things? Should we be fearful of losing the physical things in life?
Let's seek the answers from God's word. Here's what He says:
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." (Colossians 3:1-2)
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." (1 John 2:15-17)
What we seek is what we will find. (Matt. 7:7-8)