His Will Be Done
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation… I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13
We are here to complete a mission — God’s mission. This is the Guadalcanal of the spiritual life — His plan or mine? The world and the devil offer us a means of identities and connected missions that distract God’s man from the original plan. Under these deceptions we are free to use our resources as we choose. We are also free to complain in anger and bitterness about our losses and broken dreams.
The turning point in this battle comes when we risk embracing God’s purpose – when we allow our character to be shaped through being content with what we have rather than constantly devoting our time, thoughts, and God-given talents to acquiring more.
In God’s plan, less does not necessarily mean poverty and more does not necessarily mean wealth. Contentment describes a condition of the heart: a man who is content with wherever God has called you to be, and with whatever He has given you. That is why contentment is something every God’s man is supposed to pray for.
O God, I beg two favors from you before I die. First, help me to never lie to myself. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches. Give me just enough to meet my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you, and if I’m poor I may steal from you. (Proverbs 30:8-9) In other words Lord, it’s your mission.
Thank you Father, that it’s not all about me. It’s all about you and that you give me the strength I need.