True contentment and support

Philippians 4:10-14 NLT – How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. [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. [14] Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.

There are two things in this passage I like…

1. Contentment – Paul understood true contentment. He knew what it was to have a lot and a full stomach. He also knew what it was to be in lack and hungry. He learned with all he had been through to understand that whether full or empty, in abundance or lack, that God is in control and He supplies our needs. Paul know he could do all through Christ.

2. Support – In this passage we see God supplied for Paul’s missionary journeys through the church in Philippi. Paul says they were the only ones who supported him all the way though. He was truly grateful and made mention of it in his letter as a reward for their kindness. It struck me today that I was reading about their kindness nearly 2000 years later!

These points make me think of God’s provision in my life and I that need to be grateful in the good times and the bad. It also reminded me of the importance of supporting those who travel preaching the Gospel and planting churches.

God Bless,

Dave