THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
An astronomer at a major university was giving a lecture about "The Expanding Universe."
He pointed out that there were galaxies larger than the Milky Way speeding outward, moving away from us faster than the speed of light.
He said that meant that we're actually LOSING those galaxies.
After the lecture, a lady asked, "Sir, what are we going to do about those galaxies we are losing?"
He said, "Let them GO, Madam. Let them GO!"
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
I LOVE that thirteenth verse! Don't you?
Often, when I'm faced with the difficulties of hurried schedules, harsh circumstances, and striving to meet goals set at the beginning of the day, I quote that verse to myself.
But just as often, I FORGET verses eleven and twelve!
Where is it? When will I find it? Is it an hour of peace? Is it a day of rest? Is it a week of vacation?
NO! It's a spiritual attitude implanted in my life by the presence of God's Holy Spirit!
Paul said he spoke NOT in relation to "want."
That's because he had no physical "wants."
His attitude and goals were set and based on spiritual things. Remember?
He's the guy that said, "For me to live is Christ, and to die is GAIN!" (See Philippians 1:21)
Paul had learned to focus his life solely upon Christ and bringing glory to His Lord.
Whether he had physical moments of harriedness or harassment was immaterial to him.
Whether he had moments of physical hunger, or times without much money didn't bother him.
Because he was instructed and had “learned.“ (vs 11)
And his instructions from God included the fact that life would most certainly contain difficult moments!
Paul's CONTENTMENT was in Jesus Himself, and in being an obedient servant.
Now, that's a spiritual attitude!
And that attitude overshadows the difficult moments of life.
To be “strengthened” by Christ, and able to live daily in Him, be “content” with Him.
For the Christian, life is only a journey “home.”
The journey may be difficult at times, but home will be PERFECT!