Wednesday, April 09, 2008


813780_thumbs_upHave you ever had one of those weeks where you notice a common theme? The subject of a devotional, an email that comes over your favorite prayer loop, Sunday’s sermon, this weeks subject at your small group Bible study…

Those are the times I pay close attention, because I know God has something teach or show me. This has happened over the last week and the subject has been about contentment.

Paul touches on this subject very clearly in Philippians 4:11-13:
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
At first glance, it’s easy to assign material needs to these verses, and you would be correct. But Paul addresses a deeper level in the latter part of verse 12—“being content in any and every situation.”

On daily basis, we struggle with this issue in our unequally yoked marriages. How do we find contentment in the midst of conflict? How do we reach the point of saying like Paul did, “I am content in my situation?”

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Vicki said...

Great post, Dineen. If we don't abide in Jesus, there is just no contentment of our own making.

Dineen A. Miller said...

Amen, Vicki! :-) Thanks for stopping by. :-)

Carole said...

Good thoughts, Dineen. Too frequently, we look for contentment to come through happiness at the way our lives are going. But I think true contentment and happiness come from our relationship with Christ, and transcend whatever difficulties we may face.

Dineen A. Miller said...

You're exactly right, Carole. Then we know true joy, even in the midst of turmoil.

Thank you for stopping by! :-)