WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25
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 (NIV)
Be thankful for where God has you right now. Recognize that God is already meeting your needs and even though your heart may desire to have other needs met, know that the most important need was met when you came to know Jesus. In Him, your purpose in this life is fulfilled. So when you find yourself ready to compare or complain or be discontent, remember the opportunity you have in Christ to be thankful for what you have today!
The more content and grateful you are, the more you have. Perhaps this seems like an oxymoron, but when you make a choice to be content in the things of the Lord, you will begin to see your life differently. You will begin to see that even though your work situation may not be ideal, or even though the godly relationship you’re craving for isn’t happening, you will see that you are NOT on punishment from God just because you don’t have these things. You will begin to see that Jesus Christ wants to come into your life and meet your needs even when things aren’t right at home, at work, in your body, or in your love life. You gain so much more when you find contentment in Him. You will find that you are far less worried about if you’re going to make it where you want to be a year from now when your focus is in Christ.
Being thankful for where God has you means that you are satisfied. Are you in peaceful happiness today, or is your mind clogged with worry, fear, and insecurity? These things keep you away from the contentment you find in Christ. These things distract you from the wonderful things God is already doing. No matter what it is in your life that is just not happening today, know that it’s time to be content in the things of the Lord! Your purpose is fulfilled in Christ and that is worth being excited about.
Biblical Context + Further Reading: Philippians 4:10-15
DAILY CHALLENGE: Listen to Grateful by Morgan Harper Nichols