“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippians 4:12)
What is true contentment? What would it take for you to feel truly content? We tend to think of that in terms of material possessions, relationships and circumstances. Paul who was ship wrecked, beaten, stoned, jailed amongst other great experiences, is talking about something much deeper; A peace that goes beyond all understanding, beyond circumstance and experience. It is a contentment that can only be supernatural in origin.
Imagine being so close to God that all else pales into insignificance. All becomes a shadow, truly in context against the all-powerful light of a totally radiant God. The closer we get to Him the more content we will be. He is the only certainty, the only constant, the only place of true contentment.
Quick Prayer. “Bring me to a place of true contentment Lord.” Amen
“Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” (Pro 23:5)
We chase after investments and money to enjoy a lifestyle and security. While these are not necessarily bad things, they are a false hope if that are our only source of security.
Wealth can disappear in an instant. Share markets crash, asset bubbles burst, and investments go sour. Economies change; banks and companies fail; and war, revolution, or famine can destroy entire counties.
True peace and contentment coupled with assurance and security can only be found in the One Who never changes and Who is the Rock of Ages.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that there is certainty only in You. Amen.
“If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.” (Job 36:11)
We all would like some prosperity and contentment. Being followers of Jesus doesn’t make us any less capable of enjoying the good things of life. These are good and worthwhile things. They are gifts from the One we serve. God says that He wants to give us this kind of life.
What do we have to do to receive these desirable gifts? We have to be obedient and we have to serve. If we seek first the Kingdom of God, which is wherever He is King and His will is done, then these other things will be added to us.
When we serve, we put His priorities ahead of our own and treat others with respect and deference. As we obey Him and serve His will, we will gain our heart’s desires.
Quick Prayer: I will obey and serve. Amen.