I was reading in my devotional the other night and it highlighted the words of Paul. Specifically Philippians 4:11 which says “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”
It got me thinking how profound this proclamation really is! If we first consider who proclaimed it. Paul wrote this as he lived day and night in a prison cell. The conditions I image were horrible. He probably could find no physical comfort, yet he found spiritual comfort and contentment in this circumstance because he fully knew the God he served!
He knew His savior would restore and redeem him. Whether the redemption came from release from the cell or release at His death into the arms of his heavenly Father he found contentment. He put his trust in God that He knew the plans for Paul’s life and was working each and every circumstance to his good.
Contentment is a hard choice. Yes, I said it is a choice. We have the choice to be content whatever the circumstances or to be discontent whatever the circumstances. I think we know what choice God rewards right? He wants us to have faith and trust as Paul did! He wants us to thrive in the darkest moments.
This year, as I stated in an earlier post, I am choosing praise! When my emotions, patience, trust, faith in circumstances are unraveling I praise Him! It might me just thanking Him…but honestly I am finding that God has been pouring praise and worship lyrics in my mind in those moments.
I very often at night and when I rise I the morning have songs streaming through my mind I find myself humming them often throughout my day. Contentment looks and feels different for each of us. For me currently I am finding contentment in my chaos and circumstances with praise on my lips and in my heart.
Scripture tells us that He inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). And as always His word is true! When you are presented with chaotic circumstances try choosing praise and see what happens. It will change the atmosphere! Choose praise which WILL lead to a lifestyle of learning to be content no matter the circumstances.
I am currently reading this devotion at night and recommend it ❤️
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