Aug 04, 2019 | Rev. Dr. Jim Ginther
This week in our sermon series “Happy? What is It and How to Find It?” we are focusing on circumstances. Can we really trust our circumstances as a measure of our joy or as a source of lasting peace? In our passage today the Apostle Paul tells that lasting happiness, joy, shalom is rooted not in what is going on around us but in our relationship with God. He encourages us to remember God’s nearness in all things and to focus on practices such as prayer, praise, and thankfulness that help us to see beyond our circumstances to focus on the God who walks with us in all things.
When you encounter the tough things of the world, where do you see God? When all is well with the world who gets the credit? How much power do we believe God has in life and in our world? In what ways do you focus on the presence of God to deepen your relationship and connection to God?