“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11-13
There is a huge temptation in our society to try and strive for something “better” than what we have now. Not that wanting to excel in our God-given talents and desires is wrong, but when it is placed against the shadow of discontentment, it can lead us to finding our current circumstances unwelcomed and unwanted. Can we truly live in contentment no matter what we have right now, even with the impulse to have more, buy more, get more, and do more?
I challenge myself and you in this, dear sister, to find rest and contentment in what God has given us today. There may be things we truly want, and those things aren’t bad in and of themselves…but when those times come when we believe we are lacking, let us remember the words of Paul when he was suffering and learned the secret of being fulfilled: he had Christ, and through Christ, he could endure any circumstance with strength and peace (Philippians 4:11-13).
The true secret of contentment is resting in the Son and knowing while those earthly treasures may escape our grasp, in Him we have everything, every blessing we could ever truly need (Ephesians 1:3).
Let this truth calm your anxious heart when the world tells you Jesus isn’t enough.
Lord, every day we are presented with trials and temptations that tell us we need more than what we have. But You know all of our needs and wants, and everything we have and do not have has been appointed by You. You are where our help comes from. Please help us to see that You are what we truly need and those things that are important. You will sustain us, keep us, and provide for us. Help us to keep our eyes on You in times of trouble. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Asking God for things isn’t a bad thing! But what have you been pining for that has led you to take your eyes off of God and where He has placed you? Repent of this and rest in Christ’s sufficiency today!