“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…

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 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. (Philippians 4:11-12, NLT) The definition of the word content is to be please or satisfied and not needing more. Wouldn’t life we so much more fulfilling if we were always content with what he had or where God has brought us? Much of our time can end up…

How often have we heard our children say, “I want one!” Regardless of what it was, they wanted it simply because someone else had one. The children of Israel thought they wanted one; a king that is.

“Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay, but we will have a king over us” (1 Samuel 8:19 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible).

God knew they didn’t need an earthly king but allowed them to have one because they asked for it. Did it help their situation? Not at all. Samuel, the man of God, knew what was best for God’s people because he listened to God. Do you want something when God has already said, “No”? Listen to the man of God. God speaks through him to you.

Prayer: Lord, help me to be content with what You have given me. You know what’s best even when I want something that is not in Your will. Amen.

Devotion by: Kaye Singleton