Verse of the Day: Philippians 4:11
“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” – Philippians 4:11
One of the things we all need to learn is how to always be satisfied no matter what. We cannot let our situations decide our contentedness. This can be a very difficult thing; however, it is a necessary thing.
The only way for us to be constantly content is to trust God that He has our best in mind. Sometimes, it may seem like He is far away because things are so difficult. Do you trust His word where it says, “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6. He is always with us.
There are two basic reasons why we may go through trials. First, it is a test of our faith. James writes the following, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4. How can we know where we lack if it is not shown to us? We can learn where are weaknesses are so that we can become stronger in the faith.
Secondly, so that we can comfort others who are suffering. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. God allows us to suffer at times so He can comfort us in preparation for us to give this same comfort to others who need it. Note what Paul says a couple verses down. “But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:6-7.
Trials and tribulations are difficult. However, as Paul said in our focus verse, we must be content during them. God has reasons for everything that happens, including hard times. We can see our weaknesses and ask God to help us become stronger through them, and we can comfort others going through the same trials we went through with the same comfort God provided for us.
Always remember, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28. And one more thing. The good referred to in this last verse may be for others and not necessarily for us.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.