Contentment comes from the blessing of disappointment

Rick Thomas | 11/4/2016 | Rick Thomas
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Contentment comes from learning how to live with all things or live with nothing at all. Being content on this kind of extreme spectrum–abundance and emptiness–is the secret to living well in God’s world.

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Paul - Philippians - 11-12 - Things - Nothing

Paul said in Philippians 4:11-12 that he learned how to be content if he had all things or had nothing at all. It did not matter where he found himself, he learned the secret to life, which was to be content always. If he was full of nothing or full of all things, it did not matter.

Twice in this passage, he used the word “learn” to describe how he figured out the secret to life. Then he wrapped up his thoughts by saying he could do all things through Christ who strengthened him.

Things - Paul - Universe - People - Verse

The “all things” in Paul’s universe did not mean how some people use that verse today. What Paul was saying is that it did not matter what circumstance he found himself, he was a contented man. If he was empty, impoverished, and without nothing, he was content. If he was full of abundance and blessing, he was content. How about you?

No matter how empty or depleted you become, are you content?

End - Spectrum - Secret - Life - Needs

On the other end of the spectrum, have you learned the secret to life when all your needs are met?

Paul’s double use of the word “learned” in this passage punctuates the implication that he was a student in the LORD’s schoolhouse. Paul was the learner and God was his mentor. In 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, you get a sneak peek into the curriculum the LORD used to teach His proud student.

Paul - Goodness - God - Favor

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