Daily Devotional 5-11-20

The Secret 5/11/20
by Julie White

…for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty of little.  For I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.              Philippians 4:11-13

The Apostle Paul knew how to be satisfied, whether he had plenty or whether he was in need. His secret was in calling on the power of Christ for strength. God’s promises and Christ’s power can help you be content, when you choose to rely on them. He will supply all your needs, but in a way that He knows is best for you.

Paul could get along happily because he could see things from God’s viewpoint. He discovered that the joy of the Lord was his strength. He focused on what he was supposed to do as a disciple of Christ, not on what he felt he should have. Paul had his priorities straight and he was grateful for what God had given him. He had detached himself from certain nonessentials so that he could concentrate more on the eternal.  To what are you drawn when you feel discontentment? Where do you turn? The answer lies in your perspective, your priorities, and the source of your power.

Can we really do everything as this scripture states? The power we receive in union with Christ is sufficient to do His will and to face the challenges that arise from our commitment to doing it. He does not grant us a superhuman ability to accomplish anything we can imagine without regard to His interests. As we live in faith, we will face troubles, pressures, and trials. We all know this. But the secret is out! To face these challenges victoriously, internalize the sufficiency of God’s grace, ask Him to strengthen you, and believe that He will. Trust Him. Then, stand alert; ready for the power of the Holy Spirit to move through you in ways you cannot imagine.

The secret’s out alright; and that secret also lives in you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may we be consumed by you, the Creator, rather than with things created. Out of love for You, help me be content in all things.