April 28, 2012
“I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances, I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:12-13
Paul has found the secret to the good life here… the secret to keeping his joy… the secret to being content.
I always thought I would be content if I had a fancy car, nice clothes, expensive accessories, and a house full of electronics. So I got all these things. Then I never used the electronics… I didn’t know how to match my accessories with my clothes… I put a dent in my truck.. and my clothes won’t even fit me anymore. That contentment was short lived. It always left me wanting more and thinking I needed more to be accepted.
But I’ve come to find out that contentment only comes when we are living in that place that God created us to live.
For me, that place is in prison, living out of a locker, and instead of wanting more more more… my desires are to have my family back. Time is so much more valuable to me than things. And my time will be shared between my family and God… and probably most of the time — both together!
Now I’m not saying I don’t think about “things”. Especially lately, as I do my home budget on an estimated minimum wage job. I did have a short nervous breakdown when I realized I was going to live on a tight budget for a while. This is new for me. But I can do it… the answer is in verse 13, “I can do ALL tings through Christ who strengthens me.”
When I make Him my Everything, I can be content in all things. When I seek first the Kingdom of God, ALL these things will be added unto me.
My mom said she didn’t know why I was worrying about all these things, like a car and clothes… I’m not even out yet! And I haven’t worried about them up until now. I’ve just always known, God will provide. Just because I’m getting closer to the door doesn’t give me any more right to stop trusting God with these things!
The end of Philippians 4 says, “My God shall supply ALL your needs, according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (v.19)
I know this and I believe this. God has provided me through my whole sentence. And I know He will provide me with the perfect job. I might not get my fancy car right way – but I will have what I need and I can work toward that car if it is still important down the road. Chances are, my values will change as I work for my living and don’t take the easy way out again! And I’m extremely excited about this!