October 15 | Philippians 4:11-13
“Not that I am speaking according to need, for I have learned in these (following) situations I am in to be content, I know both how to be humbled and I know how to abound, in any and every situation, I have learned the secret, both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in need, I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11–13)
Our culture conditions us to want more and more. Nobody wants to live in poverty and suffering. Desire to live outside of our means has become the norm. Now almost every household and person lives by credit card and in debt.
But Paul shows us a more excellent way. Everywhere he went he didn’t ask the churches for money to support himself. He did that through his business to avoid putting a burden on the churches. He learned the secret over time of how to be content no matter his situation.
Contentment is not a spiritual gift some Christians have and others don’t. It is a learning process, something that can be taught. Whether you are living in poverty for a time or in wealth there’s a way to be content with where you are.
When you live in abundance your physical needs are cared for. But there’s a danger of not remembering God’s blessings in this time and being thankful to God for them. When you are in want you are keenly aware of God’s blessings and provision. Living in contentment acknowledges and thanks God in both situations, and everything in between.
Action Step: In your life you will experience a range from abundance to poverty. Never forget the Lord and His involvement in each situation. Acknowledge God and His provision.
Jesus, thank You for always providing for me. Don’t let me forget to praise You in abundance or thank You for Your lavish blessings in my poverty. May I always look to You no matter my situation. Teach me to be content in You.