2018-10-28 10:15:30

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Philippians 4:13

The Secret of Contentment II

What Things?
Without question v. 13 is one of the texts of the Bible most often
take out of context. Recognition of dependence upon God’s
strength is appropriate and acknowledging it is always
commendable – all Christians should do that. But the “all things”
part is often misapplied. Too often the phrase is used with
reference to a skill or talent. The sentiment might be genuine –
seeking to give God glory for a gift we have at doing
something, but that is not remotely close to what the apostle is
referring to. Paul refers to the ability to find satisfaction and
endure in faith even in the face of great challenges. This was
something he learned by going through times of prosperity,
poverty and everything in between. He learned it through many
trials, temptations that tested his faith constantly. How did he
prevail in distressing times? How did he keep from becoming
complacent when things were copesetic? He relied on the help
of his ever-present God and followed the example of His Savior
Jesus Christ. Have you learned … are you in the continual
process of learning contentment in all circumstances? When
challenges come your way, great and small, when life seems
good all around – you will need the Lord’s strength to stay
focused on what matters most and to find contentment in every
situation – especially in those circumstances that a clearly
beyond your control.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
“It is well, it is well with my soul.”
Horatio Gates Spafford (1873)