We left Journey to Contentment – Part 1 with the question, “What is impossible with God?” Link to Part 1 here.
So think with me for just a minute about all of the “impossible” situations in your life right now. I don’t know what yours are, but I for sure know mine.
Matthew 19:26 promises, “With man, this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.”
God orchestrates all things according to His will.
Often we hear, “God orders,” and while this is true, I want to challenge you to view this differently.
To orchestrate is to have many moving parts. It is multifaceted, turning, working and creating. All at the same time, these elements create a beautiful symphony, an amazing song.
God orchestrates our lives. He is omniscient and omnipresent, working all things at the same time in everyone’s life to create a symphony, an amazing story in your life.
May I ask you again, are you content?
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ.” This verse is so encouraging all on it’s own, but it is even more encouraging when put in context.
A year ago, I was standing at the close of a great chapter and the beginning of a chapter yet to unfold. I was leaving a favorite season of life and weary of the journey ahead. Content would not describe how I was feeling.
I saw this verse. “For I have learned in whatever season I am, to be content,” Philippians 4:11.
Okay, pause – whatever season? Even the ones filled with uncertainty?
God gets our attention in many different ways, and His word is most definitely one of those ways.
I was really curious about this context so I read the verses around it.
Paul wrote this while he was in prison. Prison sounds like a really hard place to be content. Do you think Paul ever thought, “God, where’d you go?”
So now that we know where he was when he wrote this, let’s step back and look at the whole context.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you… 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 all this through him who gives me strength,” Philippians 4: 4-9, 11-13.
So much encouragement is found in these verses!
- Rejoice in God.
- The Lord is near.
- Do not be anxious about anything.
- Present your requests to him.
- He will give you peace.
- Think about good things.
- Be content because God is so much bigger than we can ever dream or imagine.
I love how it ends. “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”
Paul knew the secret to being content and we, too, can have this contentment.
As a friend would always say, “Stay the course.”
As difficult as some seasons may be, running ahead of the timing of God is running out of the will of God.
God is good. His will is good. His wonders are good.
In the highs and lows of life, sweet precious friend, stay the course.