Day 18: 40 Days of Grace
Day 18: Continuing Transformation
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Paul wrote these words from a jail cell. Yet he was content because he chose to find his contentment in Christ: rejoicing in His character, hoping in the promise of His return, anchoring his heart to His peace, and meditating on all the praiseworthy things He had placed in his life. If we want our contentment to be independent of our circumstances, we too must seek and find our satisfaction in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
- What people/circumstances/attitudes threaten to disrupt your happiness and joy?
- Read Philippians 4:1-10. How do you see Paul taking the steps listed above to fight discontentment and dissatisfaction?
- What steps will you take today to discipline your heart and mind to be satisfied in Christ?
Lord Jesus, thank you for giving me everything I need for joy and satisfaction. Forgive me for believing otherwise and living as if you are not enough. Guard my heart from discontentment and direct me to rejoice in all that you are and all that you’ve done for me. Cause my joy and contentment to be a testimony to others of the treasure I have found in you. For Christ’s sake, Amen.