GOOD MORNING - do not give up - hearing this RV process is making great strides and our SUDDENLY is surely closer than ever!
Till then after my car died on me Sunday and having to take a slice of my monthly budget from me to fix it... I have now realized a true lesson from our loving Father God knowing all trials are to shape us into HIS image...I want to share this with you....
In a letter to the believers in Philippi, the Apostle Paul penned Philippians 4:11-13 which begins "For I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am."
The Greek word rendered "content" here denotes more than just a throwing up of arms in reluctant acceptance. At its hub it literally means: "to be satisfied to the point where I am no longer disturbed or disquieted."
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God has already prepared a place of contentment for us when the car breaks down, the bills are hard to meet, and our "Johnny" acts out ... again. We find that place when we take our eyes off of our situation (and off of the screen) and fix them solely upon God.
When we adopt this attitude, we live out the truth I once heard author Elisabeth Elliot declare: "The difference is Christ in me. Not me in a different set of circumstances."
To truly embrace our circumstances, we must decide to stop pleading, "God, get me out of here!" and learn to humbly ask instead, "Lord, why have You brought me here? What are You trying to reveal to me that I would never discover if You were to suddenly pluck me out of this situation? What godly character qualities are You trying to grow in me? Patience? Trust? Faith? Compassion?"
When we cease making comparisons and instead willingly embrace our current lot in life, welcoming all that God will teach us through it, we will finally unearth the secret Paul knew. True contentment is not merely having what you want, it is wanting nothing more than what you already have.
We can only do this when we stop looking at the Joneses and turn our eyes to Jesus Christ who gives us strength.
Dear Lord, forgive me for looking around and comparing myself or my circumstances to others. May I look only to You for contentment and peace in you no matter the trial or how long it takes for answered prayer to manifest. In Jesus' Name, Amen