Tuesday Truth – 4/28/20

Contentment.

That’s what Paul is talking about in Philippians 4:13.

11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.Philippians 4:11-13 (NLT)

Surprisingly, Paul wasn’t talking about his ability to hit the game-winning shot as time expires. He wasn’t talking about passing a test even though he “forgot” to study. He wasn’t even talking about asking someone to prom. Oops. Sorry about the prom reference. #toosoon

The famous T-shirt verse known as Philippians 4:13 is about being content in any and all situations.

Paul has had times of plenty. And he has had times of scarcity. He has been surrounded by friends, church members, and co-laborers. And he has been alone in a jail cell.

Through it all, Paul says he has found the secret to being content.

Jesus.

No really. The Sunday School answer is right this time. Paul has found that Christ gives him exactly what he needs exactly when he needs it.

In those times that we are hitting on all cylinders and life is rolling, Jesus is with us, sustaining us, providing for us, and strengthening us.

Every good and perfect thing comes from above.

And Jesus does all that for us in any and all circumstances as well.

Even in quarantine.

How has Jesus helped you find contentment in this season? How has he strengthened you, sustained you, and provided for you?

It’s true. We can be content in all circumstances. We can do all things. Even shelter-in-place for weeks on end.

Through Christ. He gives us strength.

Lance Shumake