DATE WRITTEN: Tuesday, 2020-08-04
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
BIBLE REFERENCE: Philippians 4:11-13
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)
BIBLE TEXT: 11 …. I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want; 13 for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.
OBSERVATION: It may be unfair to meditate on this Scripture today if you have never been in want. Knowing that this blog is read around the world, there may be a reader who will meditate on this without ever having everything they needed in every circumstance of life, and this may be challenging for you also. It is strange that God placed this before me this morning, because for the first time in many of our lives we have seen unemployment affect us, and in some cases, some readers may have been in need for the very first time in their lives. Let’s stay focused on our awesome God as we study this passage today, God being our helper.
APPLICATION: I was honored to serve citizens of another country some years ago as part of a missions team from my church. In preparation for serving in another culture, where there were known drastic socioeconomic differences, it was important that we showed the love of Jesus Christ in every aspect of our lives, for we wanted them to know and love our Jesus, more than any other reason we could think of. We didn’t want them to reject us because we couldn’t, or wouldn’t, try to identify and accept their economic status, that caused them to live differently than we do, and eat differently as well. We wanted so badly to meld into their lives, as if we were together around the foot of the cross. A previous team member came and coached us in the months preceding our trip. She told us not to act as if we were rich, or they were poor, for although they may be poorer than anyone on our team, they didn’t know that. I believe that advice stuck with me the whole trip, for I saw kids playing kickball with emptier water bottles, instead of a fancy ball that our parents bought for us. But they were having more fun than we could imagine! In the playground of the orphanage Where we stayed, we saw older kids caring for younger kids and helping them achieve what they wanted. There were no arguments because one kid had on very expensive tennis shoes while the other was barefoot. They accepted each other for who they were. They took pride in caring for their dorm rooms and their bunk beds were clean and fresh. I realized then that if only I could stop spending on credit and accept what I already have, and if I would only share with my neighbor so that we both would have similar clothes, shoes and toys or as in the case of adults – tools, then perhaps we would stop looking down on each other and instead accept them as any other child of the most high God! You see, its challenging to identify with the Scriptures where Jesus said ‘Suffer the little children to come to me’, and know that He really meant ‘just as you are’, and not that He wanted one to amassing more toys, better clothes or more steaks in the freezer In order to be more acceptable to Christ! Friends, many have gone through joblessness this year and this has impacted their food pantry, their car payments and their rent or mortgage payments. However, I am convinced that our supreme God still looks in at the heart of mankind and sometimes sees a child of the King waiting for His return, but there are others who still has a heart where they have chosen to ignore God, and therefore curse Him instead because of the unfortunate circumstances they have found themselves in. Paul shared with us that he has learned to be content in everything that God has asked him to do, through Christ – the same Jesus who, although royalty in every sense of the word, yet He was beaten and crucified just to enable the forgiveness of sin, so that we may approach the Father washed in the blood of the Lamb. Let’s try to not get too caught up in the things we want and the places we want to go. Let’s instead take every opportunity we have to seek the face of Jesus and worship Him in everything, and in all circumstances. He’s the One who died for us, and He’s the One standing with outstretched hands ready to accept us into heaven to be with He and His Father.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I believe that You will provide all that we need so that we could accomplish all that You have planned for us here on this old earth. Oh that we might say like the apostle Paul, ‘through the power, strength and ability of our awesome Lord and Savior, we could accomplish everything that God has prepared for us to do here on earth’. Lord, it seems more and more evident that Your return will be soon, for our world leaders are about to surrender in their own strength, for they know not what to do next. Thank You for caring for us and loving us so unconditionally. We need You every hour, stay close to our side and guide us through the remainder of our time here on earth. Oh that You might be glorified in everything that we have been a part of. May others be impacted and make decisions to also join hands with You, our soon coming King. AMEN!
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