Week 4, Day 2: Why Thanksgiving Matters

Meltdown Remedy for All God’s Children


“The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious 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.”
Philippians 4:5b-7

Thanksgiving leads to peace.

We heard her scream. We saw her throw herself to the floor. It was a colossal meltdown of epic proportions. Maybe she was sick. Maybe she wanted a candy bar. Or maybe her clothes were scratchy. Who knew? My two-year-old sister wasn’t able to put her angst into words. Her anxious soul was in desperate need of soothing.

What do we need when our hearts are not at rest? The Word gives us a clear path to the calm we desperately need. First, set aside anxious thoughts by grasping the fact that God is near. He is in control; his work is finished! Knowing and believing this, we can steer away from despair. Next, offer your requests and pleas with thanksgiving. Being grateful for what he has done is an important part of prayer. Choosing gratitude tempers our demands and refocuses our mindset. Having a thankful heart prepares us for the amazing gift of supernatural peace. Our omniscient, sovereign God knows that is what we really need. Just like a child in the midst of a meltdown, we need soothing peace and calm that surpasses understanding. We need lasting relief given by the Prince of Peace.

Jesus Christ was broken for us and therefore has the authority and the power to grant us true and lasting wholeness. This logic-defying gift of peace stands as a guard, protecting our hearts and minds. It is a balm for our souls — a powerful, sustaining, mind-boggling comfort. Whether we are only two years old or seventy-two, what could be better?

Of course a nice nap usually doesn’t hurt.


Application Questions

  • What troubles are you facing today?
  • What makes being thankful difficult? What hinders you from being grateful?
  • Discuss why “peace” can be defined as God’s gift of wholeness.

Prayer

Lord, please help me to run to you with a grateful heart. Help me to trust that you know what I need. Help me to lean into the supernatural peace that can only come from you.


Memory Verse:

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1