Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Confidence in Contentment

"And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).

In the first year of marriage, my wife and I decided it was necessary to purchase a second car, one in which she would drive.  This was quite a decision, as she was a full-time college student and I was working part-time as a youth pastor in a church an hour away, while driving school buses part-time to help make ends meet.  We had saved up enough money to pay $3000 cash for a black 1996 Chrysler Concord.  It had leather seats and my wife LOVED it!  However, paying for it in cash meant that we had less than $10 to get us through an entire week.

As the week drew to a close and Sunday morning was upon us, I realized that we didn't have enough money to get ourselves to church and back.  To understand this better, you must remember the one hour commute, but realize that commute took us about 30 miles east on the Pennsylvania turnpike, costing us, at the time, $2.25 one way.  We had enough change to get us there, but not back.  We prayed and knew that we couldn't just not go to church.  I was on staff and had youth ministry responsibilities that night as well.  We trusted God, allowed no fear, worry, or anxiety to rob us from the privilege of worshiping Him, got in our "new to us" and fully paid for car, and drove to church, spending the last of the money we had to our name at that time!  After the morning service and before being treated to lunch, one of the sweetest and most humble women I have ever met came over, hugged me with a loving embrace like that of a grandmother, shook my hand while slipping in a $20 bill!  In our contentment, God has provided, doubling what we had had to get us through the week!

In this last part of this letter Paul wrote to the Philippian church while he was still in prison, he spoke faith, but also by fact.  He testified of his seeing how God had come through in his life in tough circumstances.  He had learned the power of contentment, being confident and at peace, konwing that His God would meet all his needs.  Paul had come to know this as a result of the passionate intimacy he shared with God.  He gave of himself without worrying and giving into concern of his own needs.  God not only would be His provider, but also His provision.

Be reminded and confident that God is more than able to meet all of your needs.  When you are living in obedience to His, which also leads to a deep and loving intimacy, you do not have to worry, fret, or be anxious.  He is your God and you are His.  He will take care of you.  Trust Him and take Him at His Word.  Be content and celebrate what He has done for you, what He is doing now, and that He is and wants to be your peace.

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