Be Content In All Things
Be Content in All Things
Philippians 4:11-13, Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
For ten years my husband and I have been involved in full-time ministry. There have been lean years and very lean years as well as some times of plenty. During this amazing adventure of working in the harvest field of YHVH we have repeatedly had to assess what are our needs, and then separate those from our wants and desires. Scripture says in Philippians 4:19 “…my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” That’s needs, not necessarily wants or desires.
I woke up from a very deep sleep last night at 3:15a.m. Wide awake, I asked YHVH if He woke me up to talk. I was thinking about remaining in bed to carry on a conversation, but it didn’t take long before I realized that wasn’t going to work and so slipping my feet from beneath the blankets, I found my robe and made my way to the living room. I didn’t bother to turn on a light as the moon was illuminating the room nicely. In that beautiful, quiet stillness I knelt before YHVH and began to worship. After a period of time I sensed Him saying:
You have lived on very little for a long time; you have suffered and sacrificed to go where I have sent you, give what I have asked you to give, eat what is placed before you and trusted me for a place to rest your head. You have lived without, not complaining too much, and most often thanking Me for supplying your daily needs. But when I gave you increase you forgot to seek Me for your needs and instead used the increase to satisfy your wants and desires.
As I heard these words my thoughts went to my own times of lack and how easy it is to get caught up in the want and desire of purchasing when there is increase. But for a lot of people things have gone way beyond spending ones increase, to spending money they don’t have because people have bought into the lie that money equals happiness — the more you have the happier you will be. The world system screams at us from every possible venue that money equals happiness. But does money equal happiness? Instead of being content in whatever situation in life one might happen to be, we are most often prone to grouse and groan and moan and complain about the unfairness of life saying that if only I had more money then I’d be happy. This lie has led to the proliferation of casinos, lottery sales, fantasy football addicts, race track betting, multi-level pyramid schemes, ground floor opportunities, chain letters, prostitution and any number of other endeavors that pursue the elusive “get rich quick” road to so-thought ultimate happiness.
Now, let’s take this to the next level; our government is a product of its people. It is addicted to living far beyond its means. So, why might you ask do its citizens allow this to continue? Because we, as a nation, cannot live within our means; we overspend and then ask for handouts so we can spend more. We run our credit card to the limit and then apply for another. We put ourselves up to our eyeballs in debt for overpriced vehicles and half million dollar houses. Our wants and desires have made us drunk on our own lusts. Go walk down the aisles in a Wal Mart or a Dollar General store and take notice of the things people load into their carts. Take notice of EBT food purchases at grocery stores; carts loaded down with soft drinks, pastries, ice cream, and then notice who is at the local church on food give away day or who is sitting in the emergency room of the local hospital. Visit the dump (Waste Management site) and look at the broken, discarded excessive-ness of our drunkenness. We as a nation are drunk and have no one to blame but our sorry selves for our condition. The government is but a reflection of its people. If anything is going to change it must begin with us, the people. We must learn to separate our needs from our wants and desires and then learn to be content in all things; whether in lack or plenty be content. If we can’t do that then how will we ever be able to obey the command of Revelation 18:2-6?
And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality. I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Pay her back even as she has paid, and give back to her double according to her deeds; in the cup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her.”
Remember that just because you can doesn’t always mean you should.