A Good Man Trusts God In All Things

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, September 23, 2009

 I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances….  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 everything through him who gives me strength.  – Philippians 4:11-13

 The Apostle Paul endured a lot to be recognized as an apostle. He even calls himself an “apostle out of due season.” It took a while for the church leaders to accept him, and even then his road was not easy. Persecution and hardships became the norm for him.

When he wrote this letter to the church at Philippi he was in a Roman prison. What makes this passage so inspiring is that in the midst of such trials he writes, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.” How could he say that while he was in chains?

Paul had learned that his life was in God’s hands and that he would accept whatever God brought his way. He wrote in Romans, “All things work together for the good to those who love the Lord and are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). That was his philosophy of life.

Because Paul knew that God was working out the circumstances of his life for his ultimate good and for the benefit of the kingdom of God, he was able to say, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength. He was saying he could endure all things, whether good or bad, because his eyes were on God.

Most of us would have complained about being kept from the ministry if we were in chains as Paul was. We would write letters to garner support to hire the best attorneys to get us out of prison. What did Paul do? He wrote encouraging letters to believers in the churches where he had ministered.

A large portion of the New Testament was written by Paul when he was in prison. Can you see the hand of God? It would have been difficult, if not impossible, for him to do all that writing while he was walking through Europe and Asia preaching the gospel. He trusted the purposes of God.

 Principle: The Holy Spirit enables us to endure all things with contentment.

 Affirmation: I practice communing with the Holy  Spirit to find contentment.

 Prayer: Lord, like everyone else I tend to be influenced by the circumstances. Give me grace to trust you in all things – the good and the bad. Amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 16 – Jeremiah 35-36 – 1 Timothy 6 – Proverbs 23

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