January 10 | 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)
We are saturated with unbiblical ideas like greed, ambition, and desire. It’s rare for people to put themselves out for others. This idea of unselfishness is at the heart of the new creature Jesus has made you to be.
Paul surrendered everything he worked for and gained on his own in the trash. When he met Jesus, nothing else mattered. He learned a different lesson, to be content in Jesus.
Jesus teaches us to be content no matter our situation in life. We face many trials, but the Lord makes us stronger through them. He trains us to not complain. He teaches us he is our Provider. He shows us we are precious to him.
But it’s hard. Paul didn’t receive the spiritual gift of contentment. He learned contentment. It’s a journey. It doesn’t happen all at once. He gave the goal: to do all things (be content in every situation) through Christ who strengthens him.
It’s not a superpower. The strength to be content in trials and blessings may take your lifetime to learn. So now is a good time to start.
Action Step: Ask Jesus for his strength to be content in trials and blessings. The matter what you face this year, trust in Jesus. He’ll see you through. He gives you strength to be content in struggles and success.
Lord Jesus, 2020 brought me a host of trials. I can’t do it in my strength. I need your strength to be content in trials and blessings. Give me the wisdom and ability to grow wherever you plant me this year.