June 20 Discontentment

scripture reading: Philippians 4:10–13
key verse: Philippians 4:12

I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

You probably know people who live in a state of constant agitation. Even on a good day, they seem to be slightly irritated. Something isn’t quite right—the weather, their hair, their schedule, their plans for the weekend, their bank account. And though they are believers and in general are emotionally well balanced, it is not unusual for them to voice some kind of complaint.

At the heart of their lingering frustration is a basic lack of contentment. They have not comprehended the lesson that Paul learned: “For I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need” (Phil. 4:11–12 nasb).

So much of what you deal with on a daily basis are things you cannot change, either problems with people or environments over which you can exert no influence. You can respond in two ways: by grumbling and letting the frustration level rise, or by giving thanks for blessings received and looking ahead with peace and hope.

Hold on to this promise: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13 nasb).

Dear Lord, help me accept the things I cannot change. Help me replace my grumbling and frustration with an attitude of praise and thanksgiving.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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