Thursday 24 August, 2017

Philippians 4:10-14

10 At last you are concerned about me again. That makes me very happy. We belong to the Lord. I know that you were concerned. But you had no chance to show it. 11 I’m not saying this because I need anything. I have learned to be content no matter what happens to me. 12 I know what it’s like not to have what I need. I also know what it’s like to have more than I need. I have learned the secret of being content no matter what happens. I am content whether I am well fed or hungry. I am content whether I have more than enough or not enough. 13 I can do all this by the power of Christ. He gives me strength. 14 But it was good of you to share in my troubles.

Being content in need. Seems like an oxymoron to me. Being comfortable with your current position when you in the same breath know that your situation is not as comfortable as you would like or need it to be.

How does this work? Through Christ. I love that this state of mind and heart, so hard to comprehend mentally, is found through the person of Jesus. It’s not an attitude, or an achievement – it’s the revelation and provision of Jesus Himself in the middle of whatever need I have.

It’s true that having friends when you have to wait in a long queue, or for some potentially troubling news, makes all the difference in settling the anxieties of the heart. How much more having Jesus Himself with us!

Lord, I do need who you are. Continue to grow brighter in my heart and my day, such that more and more I simply see you first in the midst of all of my life. Amen.

Written by Ps. Rob Waugh

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  1. Andrew says:

    This message is subtle but insightful. I have read this passage before and always understood that what I needed was to be a better person with more will and strength– then I would be full even though hungry, content even though despairing. But that was never going to work. Now reading your message it makes sense. When Jesus is right beside me I can.
    Lord, help me to know that you are beside me whether I am hungry or full.

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