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A Content Relationship

In full camo and orange, she awkwardly made her way into a tree stand for the first time, thinking, “It’s too cold, too early and these hunting clothes are the worst colors and styling I’ve ever seen.”  The conditions were suspect, but she was quite satisfied to be spending time with her soon-to-be husband.  To her, it was more about the relationship than the conditions.

In speaking to the church at Philippi, Paul describes the suspect conditions of being hungry and in need.  He contrasts that with times when he was well fed and had plenty. He then tells them something very interesting: “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…” (verse 12).  How can that be?  Being hungry and poor are not the conditions anyone would choose. But in verse 13 Paul tells his secret: “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”

The “Him” Paul spoke of is Jesus Christ.  Paul’s contentment was a result of his relationship with Jesus and had nothing to do with his continually changing external environment.  Whether in the early morning cold of a tree stand or in a warm bed, poor or having plenty, hungry or well fed, being content in life is ultimately about our relationship with Jesus. The joy we find in Him will always be greater than the uncertainty of any situation.

Reflect:

  • What are the suspect conditions you are encountering right now?
  • Are you afraid, overwhelmed and have no idea how to respond? How can putting your trust in Jesus help bring peace to your uncertainty?

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