As we come to the end of Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, there they are, the words that drew me here in the first place, the words my heart holds dear—
“I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Phil 4:11)
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”(Phil 4:19).
I turned to the book of Philippians a little over a month ago because I needed to know it would be okay. Like many of you, I was facing trouble in my life and saw the trouble in this world.
I really didn’t set out to write on Philippians . I just wanted to know that I would be okay, that those I love will be okay. I needed the assurance this book offers to all who believe in the Name of the Lord.
I wanted to remember, again, that God will help me learn to be content no matter what comes my way.
Because as much as I’d like to control what comes my way, and the way of those I love, I know I can’t.
And neither can you.
Oh, I can walk away from sin and the lies of the evil one to avoid heaping pain on myself and those I love.
But the Lord told us, still, even when we seek to follow Him, we’d face trouble in this world; but because of Him, despite it all, we could have peace. (John 16:33).
What a powerful book Philippians has been.
Paul truly had the peace our Lord said we could have because of Jesus. He had learned to be content, no matter his circumstances. He was completely assured God would give Him just what He needed.
The wonderful singular truth is this—GOD shall supply ALL our needs, according to His unending riches, in His glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19)
The secret to being okay, the secret to the contentment and full JOY is this— look to JESUS.
God in us!
God with us!
Our first love!
As we turn our eyes to the Lord, again and again, one day at a time, we find ALL we need!
But as we lose focus, as our flesh drifts to other things and other relationships for our satisfaction, we will find ourselves less than satisfied and often ripe for the attack of the evil one.
Oh, let’s count the earthly blessings! This Thanksgiving week is certainly a great week to do that! BUT let’s don’t try to depend on earthly blessings for our lasting JOY!
Let’s keep first things first! Let’s daily draw from the well of Living Water that is Christ the Lord!
It is only there that we can say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13) and know it’s true!
“Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen” (Phil 4:20)
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen”(Phil 4:23)
Thank you for studying Philippians with me!
What a Savior!