Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Philippians 4:11. Wow, what powerful words. I have recited that verse for years and have to admit that I still work to claim ownership of that verse.
I think we all have areas in our life that we have conquered and can say, I have that one covered. We have worked hard to earn a degree, master a cooking class, or walk with a mentor to master an area of weakness. But we find we still have an area or areas we just still need work on. It is like my house. As soon as I have worked through getting each room done, painted, furnished the way I like it, I have to start back at the beginning as time has spilled coffee on the carpets, or the hardwood floors need redone!
Right now in my life, I have a personal situation that has tentacles! Daily I struggle with at least one area and finding total contentment is hard. The word content means: “satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.” This includes peace in our life. I want my mom to be healthy again, to remember our conversations. I want my son be be out of harms way and not worry about him. I want to know where my new job will be and …. on and on.
But, as I go back to the verse from God, “for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” I have learned that if God gives us this verse, then He has already provided the peace that goes with our struggles. If we trust in Him with contentment, NO MATTER WHAT, then He will provide the tools to handle whatever we are going through. Even those little ones we keep to ourselves.
How powerful is our God! I love you all my friends.