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Are You Really Content With Whatever Comes?

“I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”        Philippians 4:10-13

It’s interesting that we quote Philippians 4:13, when we’re referring to the potential we have in Christ. However, that’s only half of the equation in this passage. In fact, this passage was written in a Roman prison cell.

Can I be honest? Is this a safe place?

I’m still wrestling with being content in a time of hunger and need. I’m not talking about a specific kind of need, either. There are more forms than just the “I’m broke” form of need.

I’ve just found it’s easy to be a “humble Christ-follower” when you have plenty. It’s not that easy when you’re in need.

Maybe this is because we get to “choose” to be humble when we have plenty; because we don’t have need of anything or anyone? We can do it on our own. And when it comes to being in a time of need, you have no choice, but to bow the knee in humility.

Funny, isn’t it?

I don’t have a cute little wrap-up for this post. I’m just putting it out there that this is one of the passages that I’m wrestling with. Not every portion of Scripture gets applied immediately. I’m still processing what this means for me. I’m afraid I’ll be wrestling with this one for a long time.

What Scripture are you wrestling with?

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Mark is the Student Pastor at Indian Springs Baptist Church just outside Little Rock, Arkansas. He has a passion to help students realize their potential in God’s Kingdom.