Last post I mentioned that my faith has gown as my perspective has shifted. I once judged my closeness to God in porportion to the possibility of what God can do in, through or for me. Now, I am aware that I do not have the eyes to see the possibilities God has for me. My visions are at once too grand and too short-sighted for all that God has for me. As the dreams of my 20’s have taken their turns, some being fulfilled, some being dashed to pieces, I have learned – my faith can’t be placed in my dreams. No, now my faith is in direct proportion to all God has done in, through and for me.
Could this be the secret to contentment?
Anyone who has played any sport on a “Christian team” knows Philipians 4:13
I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.
If is often used in context of overcoming in the underdog position. Not exactly the context of this verse!! It is actually talking about contentment. In a sports context it would be saying “I can win or loose. No matter, God’s got me either way.”
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.
The secret to contentment is in knowing that God got you to this point. He has gotten you through need, hunger, want. Therefore, you can be content now, knowing God will get you through this too! You don’t need for God to do any particular thing in your future to fulfill you.
You can look at an unknown future, knowing the road He has brought you so far. The secret is that God is with you, and gives you strength. That’s why I believe it is so important to build up Ebenezers. Little memorials to remind yourself of all that God has done for you. This is why God has given us a memory. He wants us to draw on these reserves of His remembered faithfulness. Not that any particular outcome is guaranteed. Not that the road will be easy.
But God will be with you.
Just as He always has been.