“Happy pills” were never things I used or supported. You probably have heard of them, although perhaps by other names. They were the stuff taken by people who wanted to escape reality. The were usually called illicit drugs or other names by the people I knew best. “Happy pills” have great potential to disrupt and destroy lives and relationships. They were (and still are) bad news.

In our reading for this week Saint Paul wasn't advocating the use of some mystical “happy pill.” He was talking about the real deal! He was speaking of Jesus Christ, whom the unknown author of the letter to the Hebrews called “the Author and Finisher of our faith.” (Heb. 12:2) The closing word of the first verse in our reading make this clear. “Rejoice!”

Who would need those “happy pills”? Instead, “in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Phil. 4:6) He “will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4: 7b)

Paul’s confidence was based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ—the Jesus who lived, suffered, died, rose the third day, and ascended into heaven to prepare eternal homes for all who loved and trusted in Him as Savior and follow Him as Lord.

Paul had experienced (and suffered) much during his ministry, yet he confessed and exhorted his readers:

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.” (Phil. 4:4-7)

No “happy pills” here!

We pray:  Lord God Almighty, give us that faith, that we could also withstand the devil’s attacks and rejoice in You always! In Jesus’ name. Amen.