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Learning to be Content

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“…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances..” (Phil 4:11)

Have you, like Paul notes in his letter to the Philippians, learned to be content in all circumstances? Let me back up and ask a couple of questions. First, are you content? Some of you may answer a resounding YES. OK, if you did, I have a second question for you. If all your success in this world was taken away, would you still be content? If you are like most people you will probably have difficulty in answering again with a resounding yes. And then there are the rest of you who did not claim to be content in the first place. In our human weakness, we all too often find ourselves striving for this or for that. The bottom line is that true contentment can only be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. If we are striving for anything else, rather than abiding in Him, we will never achieve true contentment. As perhaps the wisest and richest man ever to live, King Solomon, stated as he looked back on his life: “But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless – like chasing the wind.” (Eccles 2:11) Our striving takes many forms. One of my human shortcomings is striving to be on top of all my responsibilities and things I need to do. Although I may not have ever looked at it this way until I sat down to craft this devotion, I guess my striving in this regard is “to achieve a TO DO list that is….. well – BLANK!” How silly is that? Even if I ever was able to achieve this for a moment in time, I could never be able to maintain it. Whatever you find yourself striving for, step back and remember what Jesus stated in John 14:6: “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Embrace that statement. Learn to walk more consistently in His presence - trusting in His provision, guided by His light, basking in His unconditional love and praising His majesty. In doing so, you will not only experience true contentment – “the peace that transcends all understanding”(Phil 4:7), but will Reflect His Light to the world in doing so.

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