Contentment is difficult to attain and maintain when we’re going through some very tough times. Here’s another great piece about contentment, from David Jeremiah’s Turning Points daily devotional magazine. Please visit Dr. Jeremiah’s site to find more wonderful articles.
Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God…will guard your hearts and minds.
Recommended Reading: Philippians 4:4-9
What’s the most popular verse in the Bible? Last fall, the retailer Amazon released a list of the most popular passages from its most popular books, and the most commonly highlighted portion of the Bible was Philippians 4:6-7. Readers of e-Bibles underlined that passage more often than any other in Scripture.
When we look around at our anxious world and our fretful lives, we can understand why people are drawn to the promises of Philippians 4. But notice the context of the passage. The Lord tells us here to rejoice in Him (verse 4); to be gentle in our dealings with others (verse 5a); to remember how near He is to us (verse 5b); to pray earnestly about our concerns (verse 6a); to count our blessings with thankfulness (verse 6b); and to focus our minds on what is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and praiseworthy (verse 8).
What a wonderful description of the life of faith! When we trust the Lord like this, we don’t have to fret about the small details of life. We can rely on God with issues both big and small.
Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear. —Corrie ten Boom
Read-Thru-the-Bible: Judges 1-3