READ: Philippians 4:10-13
- Even though the vocabulary for contentment doesn’t occur in great numbers, the concept pervades the story of God. Israel failed because they couldn’t learn to be content with God. They went looking for what other gods might provide. Jesus reminded us to trust Him, even when the world was calling attention to itself and asking us to worry about what we may or may not have tomorrow. Those are issues of contentment.
- Even verse 13 is often misunderstood because it’s taken out of context. People think they can do anything because of God. But “anything” is defined by the text. In times when you are in plenty and in want, you are able to be content. You can learn to be content. You can experience that sense of peace. That is the “anything” that you can do “through Christ.” The promise is powerful; necessarily so, because the need is large.
- Enough is a series about being content. Content enough with God to trust him with your life. Content enough to trust Him with your resources. Content enough to be generous when the world and even your needs call for you to not give things away. Enough asks each of us to see if we are really at peace with where God has us and what God has given us. And if not, it calls us to learn to cultivate that dependence.
- On a scale of 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest), how do you rate your level of contentment?
- Relate a story of seeing God’s care and how God met a specific need in your life.
- Commit to cultivating a greater sense of contentment in God’s care for you.
PRAY: Thank God for those moments when God has clearly intervened. Pray for a heart that can see past the times He appears to be absent. Pray for your heart to be open to Him in worship.