Ever wonder how the Apostle Paul was able to be "content in all things" while being imprisoned. Think about all he had gone through: stripped and beaten with rods, thrown into the unlit inner cells, feet locked into stocks and sitting in filth and stench. How could he sleep, let alone, be joyful enough to sing praises to God!
Paul says he LEARNED to be content whatever the circumstances (see VERSES below). He had found the greatest joy in the truth that Jesus was really the promised Messiah of Israel - the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophesies.
And, if being content in all things isn't enough to ponder, think about how Paul's faith took a 180 degree turn when he encountered Jesus on the Damascus Road. (Remember, Paul, formerly known as Saul, had previously persecuted the church of God [1 Cor 15:9].) It was but a VOICE and bright LIGHT, yet the message was so powerful that Paul's life dramatically changed. That was the power of the HOLY SPIRIT. And that spiritual awakening is what propelled Paul to proclaim God's GOSPEL OF GRACE throughout the Mediterranean world.
Listen, if this spiritual awakening could happen to Paul, it can happen to you. It happened to me, and I'm not anything special. Just open your heart to the will of God and pray that His desires become yours…being truly willing to seek Him and obey. You will start journeying along the very path that God has planned for you all along...a walk with Him, here on earth and for eternity.
Philippians 4:10-13 10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (NIV)
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