First of all, if you struggle with anxiety at all, you need to read the book of Philippians. Read it over and over and over again. Honestly, it’s all I’ve been reading for a while. In another post, I will talk about getting back into reading my Bible every day, but this was a huge part of it for me.
Okay, but that isn’t the point of the post. I wanted to highlight this verse in Philippians 4:11-13 where Paul says,
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.
Paul just gave us the secret to life, and I honestly have passed it by so many times! I find myself discontented with my life a lot. I find myself discontented with myself a lot. I know that I want more, but what more do I want? I think the issue for me is to be content with what I have. Do you find yourself in the same position?
Here’s what Paul says allows him to be content in any and every situation: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” This was confusing for me at first because what does that have to do with satisfaction in life? Maybe you would say nothing. That’s what I thought at first. However, when digging deeper into it, I think Paul is saying that he needs nothing, and he wants for nothing. It reminds me of this other scripture in Psalm 23:1
The Lord is my shepherd. I lack nothing.
Paul says, “I know what it is to be in need”. He knows what it means to lack, heck he was in jail and persecuted for his faith! But in his need, he knows God will provide. He has a confidence that God is guiding his steps. What if you and I could have that kind of confidence? What if simply knowing God was enough for you and I? Becuase it should be, shouldn’t it? Isn’t that the whole premise of life?
I believe it is. And sure, you can have your benz and your big ‘ole house. You can want to provide for your family, and you can want to have a prosperous, meaningful career. But when those things get overwhelming and running the rat race becomes exhausting, where do you turn? To God, in whom all our desires are fulfilled.
I’m trying to find peace in this knowledge, and I’m trying to find everything I need in Him. I’m trying to find my worth, and I am trying to trust that He knows what He’s doing with my life. His timing is perfect, and when I am ready for whatever He needs to bring me next, it will come. Lo que sera, sera.