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Lead Pastor John Hampton’s teaching series for the month of November is about handling money, and is called, “Live To Give.” Giving is central to the nature of God, the mission of Jesus, and in shaping the heart of Jesus’ followers. This series is not about having the right insurance, as much as the right assurance; not about securities, but about security; not about trusts, but about trust; not about growing your principal, but about understanding and applying God’s principles.
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- Live to Give – Nov 11 In what ways or through what experiences have I "learned contentment"?
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Wednesday-November 11 | Daily Devotional 12
“The most important things in life aren’t things and the best things in life are always free.” Anonymous
Be still and silent before the Lord for 1 minute
I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. 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 all this through him who gives me strength.
When we understand the circumstances Paul was enduring at the time he wrote those words, our appreciation for what he says goes even deeper. To begin with, he’s in prison… and not in the Martha Stewart suite at a minimum security correctional institute. He was chained and restricted in a dank cell and, furthermore, he was sick. A chronic illness he refers to only as a “thorn in my flesh” was an ongoing issue in his life. He was abandoned. Many of his so-called Christian friends and brothers had turned against him. For reasons that are unclear, they had ceased their support and many were actually attacking him with vicious criticism.
Faced with similar woes, many people would become bitter. Some would become depressed and utterly defeated. Others would react with self-pity. Paul’s response was governed by the principle of unconditional contentment. In spite of his circumstances, which were not good, he was content.
The circumstances of life will get to all of us at one time or another. And Paul said contentment was something he “learned.” It did not come naturally or automatically. The word in the original language means “learned by experience.” In other words, this is something he had to live out; he had to go through. This was not just some sort of mental gymnastics or intellectual process. This kind of learning comes about only by living.
The word “content” has a fascinating definition; it means “contained.” Paul had learned the containment of God in every dimension of his life, channeling him and controlling him. He was living a remarkable paradox—even though he was physically bound in a Roman jail, his captors were not containing him and directing him; God was. Paul rested on the Lord’s sovereignty and providence, and he learned through his experiences to look at life not as a series of disconnected accidents but a series of divine appointments.
What’s the secret to contentment in all circumstances?
Contentment comes through awareness of God’s presence.
Contentment comes through alertness to God’s purposes.
In what ways or through what experiences have I “learned contentment”?
Father, I am easily distracted and continually wanting more. More money, more attention, more friends, more stuff, more… more… more. It almost sounds like a monster chasing me. Help me to find my sufficiency in you and you alone. You are all I need. I don’t want to just sing that; I want to live that. Prepare me, even today, for any lessons in contentment you want me to learn. Through Jesus I ask, Amen.