Message preached on December 26th, 2018.
My grandfather had a rubber fish mounted on a plaque with a little red button. When you pushed the red button, the fish seemed to come alive. It turned its head toward you and started singing, “Don’t worry, be happy!” while it danced. Many people believe that Christianity is all about being happy. But Christians face challenges just like everybody else. When something terrible happens, how should the Christian respond? Should he or she sing the “Don’t worry, be happy!” song? Let’s listen to God’s Word as it tells us something about how we should deal with tragedy in our lives.
Phil. 4:4-7 ESV
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. 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.
Big Picture: Christ is with us in our trials so we can face them with joy.
- Christ gives us joy, so rejoice in Him!
- Christ gives us hope, so hope in Him!
- Through reasonableness
- Through prayer
- Through thanksgiving
- Through supplication
- Christ gives us peace, so trust in Him!