Daily Devotional for February 13th
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. Philippians 4:11-12
Each of us are instructed in the word of God to be content. This, however, is not to be related to the contentment you might think. The world views this subject very different than children of God should. The world has accepted the “Que Sera, Sera” or a “whatever will be, will be” mentality. Some people have been dealt a bad hand in life, and they have accepted what life has given them without any prayer to the Lord to change their situation.
Your present condition, most of the time, is not your permanent condition. Just because you are walking through dark valleys doesn’t mean you’re destined to dwell in them the rest of your life. Even though you’ve fallen upon hard times doesn’t mean that the Lord has forsaken you or won’t deliver you out of what your facing. If you really consider this; it actually speaks to us that we should be constant in whatever situation we find ourselves. In a world where everyone is on an eternal rollercoaster ride, being content has never been so important.
One of the greatest secrets about Paul’s message here to the Philippian church was that his contentment was not merely accepting every situation he found himself in, but to rest in faith in his circumstance. We want problems to be fixed immediately most of the time. We have very little patience when it comes to enduring hard times. But when we are content with whatsoever state we are in, it means that we have cast our petition on the Lord and in faith are awaiting the answer from above. When contentment comes, a steadfastness comes that will cause you not to waver to the right or to the left.
The devil would love no more than to see you drown in your valley. But when we, like Paul, bring our condition unto the Lord and rest in Him, there is a peace that passeth all understanding that will come from the Lord and keep us in our hard times. Be content means that we endure in faith. Have you found yourself complaining in your situation? Cast it on the Lord and be content knowing that God will come and will deliver. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning.