Secret Contentment

The Aquila Report | 11/19/2016 | Staff
marika (Posted by) Level 3
“Jesus Christ also experienced the best of days and worst of days. Great joy was found as he grew in wisdom, statutory, favor with God and man. He was thrilled as disciples were found, made, and matured. Yet, he suffered much and was afflicted; he endured much physical, mental, relational, financial, professional, political, and ecclesistical sorrows.”

For many of us, these are tremendously good days. Physically, we find ourselves in the best shape of our life. Mentally, we are growing in knowledge and wisdom. Relationally, we are surrounded by friends, and our home situation is an always-present oasis. Financially, we have never been better off; the trajectory of our net-worth is upward. Professionally, whether in the home or the marketplace, goals and objectives are being met. Politically, the party and platform we prefer is making advancements, and ecclesiastically, we are presently encouraged by the character, knowledge, and skill of our leaders, and our church family is experiencing both quantitative and qualitative growth.

Time - Place - Times - Bodies - Others

At the same time and in the same place, for many of us, these are incredibly troubling and bad times. Some of us have bodies that will not cooperate, others have a mental condition that is on the decline. Many of us have relational difficulties all around; our hearts are constantly broken by parents, spouses, children, grandchildren, parishioners, ministers, coworkers, and neighbors. For many of us “bleakness” is in our financial forecast, and lots of us are experiencing great woe as we witness ministerial, corporate, and national decline.

Jesus Christ also experienced the best of days and worst of days. Great joy was found as he grew in wisdom, statutory, favor with God and man. He was thrilled as disciples were found, made, and matured. Yet, he suffered much and was afflicted; he endured much physical, mental, relational, financial, professional, political,...
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