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Content With What Is

Friday, January 27

Content With What Is
By: Pastor Todd Crofford

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
-Philippians 4:11-13 NIV

I don’t know about you, but when I want something really badly, I think about it a lot. If God doesn’t think I need it and doesn’t allow it, I bounce from frustrated to disappointed, and maybe even to determined trying to get it. It’s not easy not getting what we want.

Paul was honest enough to say twice in this passage that he had to LEARN contentment.  

Imagine that!

This can be learned.  

We can teach our spirits how to overcome our appetites. We can choose to say, “I really wanted that promotion but it didn’t happen.” “I really wanted to be recognized, but it went to someone else.” “I really hoped to have more money than this by now in life, but God is enough.”

I know, this isn’t easy.  In fact, Paul knew it wasn’t easy and that is why he said he could only do it through Christ who gives him strength.  I don’t know where you might have thought this famous Bible verse was placed. Maybe you assumed it was when Paul was talking about persecution, or having to press through illness to travel with the gospel, or before stepping up in front of Caesar to preach.  

It was in being content to not have every appetite and desire filled.

We should go ahead and ask God to fulfill our desires (assuming they aren’t evil or sinful) but be prepared that if He says no, then our next prayer is for help to be content as we go on without them.

Pray with me.  God you know the things I want. I ask for them today.  But if they are not your will, then help me to learn to be content without them. Give me the strength to live that way.

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