What would you prefer?
- To be on the ground wishing to catch a plane somewhere or flying in a plane wishing you were on the ground?
- On the shore wishing you were out on a boat in the water or out at sea in a boat wishing you were ashore?
- Single and wishing you were married or married and wishing you were single?
- Wishing you had children or wishing you had none?
- Wishing you had a job or wishing you didn’t have the one you have?
Some people will never experience the joy of contentment. It isn’t about what we have or don’t have but about being at peace in the Lord Jesus with “where we are in life.” Paul learned to be abased and to abound. He was God’s man, and yet he suffered greatly. We read more about his trials than about his successes.
May we choose to be content in all things. Notice I said “choose” to be content. It’s a choice we make as we rest in the Lord, walking in His Spirit. All things work together for good—the good, the bad, and the ugly.
“I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” (Philippians 4:12)