Think about the one circumstance you wish you could change in your life. Now, imagine that God has brought about that change, or given you whatever it is that you want.
Do you know what you are left still having to deal with? Your wicked heart!
The other morning, while getting ready for work, I felt extremely agitated and edgy. When my husband asked me what was wrong, I knew best to stay quiet. Telling him the real reason for my uneasiness would only make me look foolish. Instead of waiting for me to answer, he told me, in all kindness, that real problem was my heart. I couldn’t argue. He was right.
Matthew Henry, when discussing Paul’s secret to contentment said, “Pride, unbelief, vain hankering after something we have not got, and fickle disrelish of present things, make men discontented even under favourable circumstances.” Even if my outward circumstances changed, the truth is that if I am discontented now, then I will be discontented in the best of situations. Why? Because only Christ can conquer an impatient, restless, selfish soul.
Paul, in Philippians 4:11, said that he had learned “in whatever situation to be content.” Whether rich or poor, healthy or sick, imprisoned or free, hungry or satisfied, Paul was a man who knew “how to abound in any and every circumstance.” Paul had Christ and he knew well that Christ was all. Resting in the sufficiency of Christ will keep us from growing proud when we are prosperous, and it will keep us from hopelessness when we are made low.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.” (Jeremiah 17:17).
Whatever present condition we find ourselves in, let us be at peace with the wise and loving providences of a good and faithful God.
“All the days of the afflicted are evil, but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.”(Proverbs 15:15)