I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, . . . I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
God Given Strength
God wants us to always be content. But even after we learn the secret of being content, few of us live it. It is so easy to think that we will finally be happy when we get this or finally earn enough for that.
Discontent flows from envy, jealousy, worry, and fear. But when we remember the secret of being content those things disappear. God gives us everything we need, right now.
Paul believed that. That made him content at his richest and his poorest. But Paul did not reach such contentment on his own. Paul confessed, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Paul could cope with any and every situation only because Jesus gave him such strength.
Jesus gives you this same strength. Because in Jesus, you have everything you need. Remember, Jesus lived, died, and rose for you. You are forgiven. That is the one thing truly needed and you have it.
As awesome as your earthly blessings may be, they are just that, earthly—good only for today and your time here on earth. But when you die the only blessing that will matter is forgiveness in Christ. That blessing is the difference between heaven and hell. That blessing goes with you beyond the grave into eternity.
Lord God, thank you for forgiveness, and thank you for everything else. Please give me the strength to always be content. Amen