Posted by Craig Borlase on 2 March 2016

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

Do you think it was easy for Paul to learn to be “content whatever the circumstances”?

No, me neither.

It’s not a natural fit for us. We are survivors, scrappers, the kind of beings who are hard wired to look out for ourselves.

But we are also children of a loving, caring God.

Sometimes those two truths result in a bit of friction.

Why not ask for the Holy Spirit to teach you the sort of contentment which Paul had?
Do you really think that God would say ‘no’?

More like this

Do we have a cynicism problem - part 1

‘Cynicism: an attitude of scornful or jaded negativity, especially a general distrust of the integrity or professed motives of others.’ [American Heritage Dictionary] I am a cynic. That quote up there describes me, defines me, hauling up to the surface the...

What's the Point of Presence without Purpose? part 2

In the concluding part, Mal du Plessis looks at the history of worship and justice.

The Six P's of Planning a Worship Set

When I was a little boy, and on into my teen years I really struggled in school. I found it hard to keep my attention locked on my teachers, and it was the same out of school, whether I was listening to my parents or pastors teaching. Some days I STILL struggle with keeping my attention fixed for long periods of time!