Scripture: Philippians 4:4-13
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Thanks for Their Gifts
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me.Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
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The world tries to train us to believe that we need to choose: optimism or pessimism, glass half full or glass half empty. The Bible gives us a third option: contentment with gratitude.
Good things are not good unless we make use of them. Water does its best work inside of us, not sitting in the canteen.
Paul tells the early church and us that God will always give us all that we need but that does not mean that we will never need help. God will often give us more than we can handle so that we will turn to Him to help us through, refresh, replenish, and strengthen us.
At some point, the glass (us) will empty. But God says, “I have more water for you.” He is there to renew us, if we will but come to Him and ask for it.
Contentment and gratitude –> Trusting God to fill us with what we need and thanking Him for all that we have, whether the glass if half empty or half full at the time.
“You cannot pour from an empty cup.” We cannot give good things to others when we are empty ourselves. Some believe that they can just be aware of goodness, to know about it and acknowledge it, but not fill themselves with it so that they can pour out of that goodness. Come to God and ask Him to fill us with His Spirit of goodness, His fruit (joy, peace, patience, etc.), and His love. Then we can take that precious goodness, that lifesaving water, to others.
Let’s make sure that we are coming to God because He is the only one Who can fill us. Through Him, we can go beyond ourselves. We can do and make it through everything.