ABOVE AND UNDER
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Apostle Paul preaches about contentment when he was in the most dreadful situation in his life. Paul’s life was in danger. His head is on death row. He was denied of shelter, rest and unmarried. He was imprisoned for advancing the kingdom of God. He could have ranted on God that doing His ministry had only made his life worse. But Paul rejoices on God instead. Paul remained thankful for the Lord in the midst of all his circumstance.
Paul was one of the worst enemies of Christians during their time. He was a murderer by ordering the death of Christians. He was once the greatest prosecutor of the faith he professed later on. For a man like him to give his life to Christ, it caused him all.
Preaching to the very people who feared him was not easy. Not all would dare to listen. But he continued to preach anyway. Apostle Paul was known in preaching the gospel of grace. He understood what grace was when a murderer like him received the kindness he did not deserve. He was a man of strength and a strong mind, but he also became very weak because of his tribulations. But Paul did not draw his strength and joy from the things that he gained or loose. He has found contentment in the Lord.
In Philippians 4:13 Paul says, I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Whether he was in prison or out in the free; has food to eat or none, whether the people listened to him or not, even if he was once a Pharisee, he continued to look into Jesus -the author and finisher of his faith. He has found contentment in whatever situation, not boasting anything but finding complete joy in the Lord who has secured him a place in heaven.
Let us find strength and contentment in our Lord, who has given us his all when he sent Jesus to redeem us. Let us trust him above all. Our circumstance must not dictate the joy that we have for our Lord. Be filled with Jesus today!