“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 4:12b-13
For the Christian, contentment need not be contingent upon life’s circumstances. Compare your situation today to the life of the Apostle Paul, who penned his letter to the Philippian believers while he was in chains. “I have… been in prison… been exposed to death again and again…. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea…. I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked” (2 Corinthians 11:23-27).
With each successive trial, Paul came to realize more deeply that all he really had was Christ. And this was worth more than the wealth, success, pleasures, and comfort this world had to offer. By suffering loss and enduring hardship, he grew to value Christ above all.
Has the Lord allowed any kind of loss in your life? Are you struggling to make sense of adversities that plague you? Take a leap of faith and respond with thanksgiving. Ask God to use your loss to elevate Christ in your life.
Lord, I lift up my pain and loss to you. Take and use these trials that I might learn to love Christ more. Amen
Bible In A Year
- Ecclesiastes 5-6
- Psalm 65
- John 5