Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Paul's Secret

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. 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.

Philippians 4:11-12
We've been having lots of conversations at the Hossink household lately about being content with what we have. Without the ability to see the future; with gas going over $4.00/gallon; with questions about what to do...the temptation is great to feel discontent.
Paul's words are so encouraging to me. I hear peace in his words. I hear calm. I hear...contentment. And I think to myself, Yeah. That's what I want!

So, what is the secret Paul learned?

He tells us in verse 13 of Philippians, chapter 4:
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
That's it. That's the secret. It's JESUS!
When I have plenty; when I am in want; when the economy is tanking; when money is abundant; whatever the circumstance I can be content when I trust Jesus to give me the strength.
God has been encouraging me so much with this understanding. I don't need to be strong. I don't need to muster up the gumption to put on a happy face and pretend to be confident about the uncertain future. I just need to trust Jesus.
HE is strong.
HE knows the future.
HE knows what I need.
And I can be content in every.single.situation through HIM who gives me strength.

Don't keep it a secret!



gianna said...

I've been reading in Isaiah for I don't know 3 years? Anyway, in Isaiah 41 (I believe) it contrasts the world saying "be strong" to trusting in God! He doesn't want us to try to be strong. He wants us to trust him!

TheUnSoccerMom said...

I won't keep this a secret!! This blog entry is EXACTLY what I needed this morning. And I'm about to share it! thank you!! :o)

Patricia/NYC said...

I just read Corinthians last night & the passage the JUMPED right out at me was: Cor 2, 12:9-10

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness..."

Rock on, sista-friend, rock on! :)

Irritable Mother said...

Gianna - Yeah. My 'strength' is so weak. It only makes sense to trust in the One who knows what strength really is!

Jodi - So glad God met you here! :o)

Patricia - Yes. HIS grace is more than enough.
Rock on! :)