“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Have you ever felt like God doesn’t care about you even though you are seated in Christ? You may look at the lives of those around you and think that God has forgotten you. You may even be tempted to compromise your values to meet your needs. Well, the Bible teaches us to examine God’s care by His word and actions and not by our feelings.

How do Christians stay content and keep their character in a world filled with lust, greed, unhealthy competition and unhealthy desire for wealth? Through Christ who strengthens us! This was Apostle Paul’s conclusion when he revealed to the church in Philippi the secret of his contentment. He learnt to be content in plenty and lack, but not on his strength of character alone. This went beyond self-discipline. He relied on God’s strength and His ability to meet our needs.

The writer of Proverbs 30 understood that both poverty and wealth could change the character of a man who did not recognise God as his source.

“For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.” – ‭Proverbs‬ ‭30:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In 1 Timothy 6:6-10, Apostle Paul admonished his protegee, Timothy, to remain content. He warned him against the love of money which is capable of changing his character and causing him untold grief and sorrow. He said:

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” – 2 Timothy 6:10

Stories of people who have landed themselves in trouble of various kinds are replete in society today. We have an adequate warning in the word of God to keep us from experiencing the same!

Therefore, whether in little or plenty, your perspective on how your needs will be met must be based on the truth of who you are in Christ Jesus and your dependence on God. If He cares for the birds and the lilies (Matthew 6:25-33), He can take care of your needs. Don’t forget, He is the one who created you and the whole earth. Surely, He can take care of you. If you have Him, you have more than enough.

Bible Reading Plan:
John 14:1-14, Revelation 1:1-8, Job 23, Hosea 1-3

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