“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11.

When we consider all the things that Paul went through as he preached the Gospel in so many different places, we wonder how he could pen these words. The NLT puts it in even better language: “I have learned how to be content with whatever I have, I have learned the secret of living in every situation.”

Paul said this was something that he had to learn. His secret was in knowing that the Lord was with him every day, in the good times and the bad. He knew that God had His hand on him and that all things worked together for his good.

Like Paul, this is a lesson we must learn. Each time the Lord takes us through a trial, keeps us in a time of danger, delivers us from temptation, or meets a need in our life, He is teaching us a lesson in trust, so that the next time we face something, we can rest content in Him, knowing that it will all work out for the good.

Lord Jesus, thank you for your promise never to leave us nor forsake us, and so we can rest content in You each day.

Devotion by Anne Johnston


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