Words from the Heart for Thursday December 5th, 2019
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. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV)
People of the world are becoming angrier, more worried and stressed, a new global poll reveals. U.S. firm Gallup asked citizens of more than 140 countries a series of questions about their positive and negative experiences the day before the survey, creating a snapshot of how people were feeling in 2018. In Canada, just 15 per cent of those asked said they were angry the day before the survey and 21 per cent said they were sad. We tend to be a contented lot.
Contentment is a gift. To be able to have peace in every situation is not something that is natural to the human condition. Usually when things don’t go our way, we get upset and angry, and we start complaining. That is the natural human reaction. But it is not the reaction that ought to be natural for the follower of Jesus. Paul writes this in Philippians 4:12-13: “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. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” What is the secret that Paul learned, in order to be content? He says that Jesus gives him the strength to be content – it isn’t something for which we naturally have the strength. It is the understanding that nothing comes our way that God hasn’t allowed to happen. There are no surprises to God, who rules over us. And there is also the assurance that the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit assures us that God is with us, in need and in plenty, and He loves us dearly.
These have been words from the heart.