Contentment

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“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.” Philippians 4:12
 
When do you say, “That’s enough? We don’t need any more.” This is a huge step of discovery in a relationship. Go grocery shopping together with your spouse or with your adult child who is now living on their own. How much milk is enough? How many frozen pizzas do we need? Are two boxes of chocolate brownie mix going to do it? There are surprising discussions waiting to happen right there on aisle five.
 
Peace is having enough. And having enough means having a lot. And having a lot can mean you’re backing up to the door of the store and asking someone to help you load this all in the bed of your pickup. If peace is having enough, then you can never have too much.
 
We all naturally seek peace in plenty. Paul could understand that as he said that he knew what it was to have plenty. He had had good days with food, shelter and safety. But he didn’t define peace in those ways. He also knew the lack of all that. He was writing to the Philippians in our text from prison. He spoke of being the apostle in chains. And yet, he says repeatedly, “Rejoice!” 

What kind of peace is found when what you have is nowhere near enough? Those are the days when our saying of the Lord’s Prayer lingers on “Give us this day our daily bread.” We may have today’s bread, but we’re sure worried about tomorrow’s. To that Jesus reminds us that our heavenly Father knows what we need before we even ask. He feeds the birds and not one falls without his knowledge. We are worth far more than the sparrows. So, pray to the Father who knows what you need and has proven his love through the cross. The cupboard might not have as many boxes in it as you planned, but his promises still abound. His listening never ends and his love lasts for every day. With that, there’s enough.

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, thank you that you give us enough. You feed us, clothe us, shelter us and protect us. Give us more than enough trust in your promises, we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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