“…for I have learned in whatever situation to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need” (Philippians 11:12).
Paul knew what it was like to suffer. He also knew what it was like to live in comfort. He had felt the security of having plenty of resources at his disposal and at other times having barely enough to get by. He had been persecuted and honored. Hungry and filled. There was even a time when he was shipwrecked.
Paul had lived a grand life, filled with many different circumstances; some really good and some really bad. Through Paul’s experiences were all over the place, there was one constant in his life that defined everything else.
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
The strength of Christ was Paul’s secret to contentment. He wasn’t struggling on his own power to make everything in his life perfect. He wasn’t so focused on the wind and the waves of the stormy sea of life that he lost focus of the One who has the authority to calm the raging sea. jesus wad the Source of truth in his life. He wasn’t defined by the chos or worldly success. He was defined by his trust in the power of God.
Today as you look over your life, do you see stormy seas ahead? Have the waves risen and washed away your hope for a sunny day? Perhaps all you see are clear skies and sunshine. Do you know that you need God’s power working in you just as much on good day as you do on the bad ones?
My challenge to all of us today is to look to Jesus. Whatever the circumstance, experience, or day, Jesus is where our contentment and strength come from. he is the Light of the world. He is Emmanuel (God with us). His is Saviour, King, Almighty God. He is our strength and our peace.
~PASTOR SUSAN B.