Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth… 2 Timothy 2:15

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Not that I speak from want;
For I have learned
To be content
In whatever circumstances I am.
Philippians 4:11

Our world promotes dissatisfaction with our lives. We are constantly bombarded with newer and better things that will make our lives more complete if only we could obtain them! If we listen to the world, we will always be comparing the lifestyles and possessions of others with our own, and we will always be dissatisfied. If our contentment comes from possessions, activities, or other people, these can be altered or removed. If our contentment comes from our relationship with Christ, there is absolutely nothing that can take that away.

Paul had enjoyed power and status among his people. He had also been imprisoned, bound in stocks in the depths of a jail cell, and been stoned almost to death by an angry mob. Paul had enjoyed the pleasures of life, yet he could give them all up and still be filled with the joy of the Lord. His contentment did not depend on his environment but rather on his relationship with Christ.

Contentment frees you to enjoy every good thing God has given you. Contentment demonstrates your belief that God loves you and has your best interest in mind. Discontent stems from the sin of ingratitude and a lack of faith that God loves you enough to provide for all that you need.

There’s a saying that goes a little something like this: “What if you didn’t have tomorrow all the things you didn’t appreciate today.” Set aside some extra time today to pray and thank God for all  that He has given to you. Ask God to guide you towards a more grateful mindset, and ask Him to show you the countless ways to live – each day, every day – with an attitude of gratitude.


Source: “Experiencing God Day-By-Day; The Devotional and Journal”, by Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby ©1997. Entry April 26.


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