I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.__________________________
Are you satisfied? It is pretty obvious that the answer is often no. I am not saying it is wrong to want things in life, but why do you often find yourself so frustrated with the absence of those things? The problem is not that you want evil things. The things you want are generally good, or at least harmless in themselves. But more than wanting, you become frustrated by not having. You become jealous, envious and discontented in your life. It is true, you need what you lack, but what you lack is satisfaction in Jesus. When you find your deepest satisfaction in Jesus, you find you are protected from bitterness in times of want and pride in times of abundance. Jesus is enough. Do you believe that? Can you say with the author of Hebrews that you can be content with whatever you have because God said, "I will never leave you or forsake you" (Hebrews 135). This is a promise made to us in Jesus. Jesus is enough, but that kind of satisfaction is only experienced when we understand our greatest needs to be redemption and restoration. God in Christ has reconciled us to himself, is renewing our minds and promises to raise us from the dead, and we will dwell in righteousness and peace forever. If you have this, what more do you need?
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