The Secret of Contentment

While Paul the apostle was in a Roman prison, he wrote his second letter to Timothy. Timothy planned on visiting his friend, so Paul asked him to bring a few items when he came.

2 Timothy 4:13 “The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.”

The list of wants is short and simple. All he wanted was his cloke or coat to keep him warm and some books and parchments (probably something like paper). It is not known if the parchments had http://proddmblog.hobbylobby.name/blog/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gifanything on them or if the books had anything written in them. We can assume that Paul was either going to write more, or he was planning on reading and mediating on them to help pass the time in prison. We just don’t know.

Do you think that Paul felt like celebrating a holiday like Thanksgiving? Here he is in prison; he is cold, uncomfortable, and falsely accused. If Paul were to go by circumstances, thanksgiving would be the last thing on his list. But Paul learned the secret of abundant living. In the middle of whatever circumstance he found himself, he states, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11)

Have you ever heard of two guys singing in prison? “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.” (Acts 16:25) This is the same guy. Do you want to take a guess on who wrote this?

Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

Romans 8:37-39 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

You got it, the same Paul! Wow, learning the secret of contentment really saw Paul through a number of hard times. I know that some families will gather together this holiday, and it will be a joyful time. I also know for others, it will not. Things change. So since there are things that come our way in which we have no control over or we just made some dumb choices, I pray this holiday season we will all learn that little secret of being content. How can we be content with so much change? By being thankful that our circumstances do not change God’s love. Things may be different this year, but God’s love is the same. And THAT is something you can be thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving!

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: the Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee p

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