Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

The Crucible of Contentment

January 29

"... I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."  Philippians 4:11




"...genuine litmus however, is best achieved during the abased phase of training. "


Do you count GOD a cruel master?  We are much too pious to come right out and say it; but we order our lives as if we do.  HE redeems us from the very slave block of sin, adopts us as HIS own, gives us life, liberty and the real pursuit of happiness, even wagering HIS OWN honor to provide for us.  In return we frequently doubt HIS love, question HIS direction, and grieve HIS SPIRIT ... are we insane?  Rather than seriously muse, we regularly amuse GOD'S dealing regarding saints who've gone on before us; and thus commit contempt in the face of content!  This incest of personal dissatisfaction continues to breed on itself, spawning more and more discontent; and all the while, blindly blaming all of life's woes on the GIVER of life, the very ONE WHOM we've forsaken. 

Of particular note here, is Paul's statement that contentment is a learned trait of the Christian.  Class opens each day with the core curriculum of Scripture to face the challenges of "whatsoever state" GOD has placed us in.  The classroom is of HIS choosing, the contentment within the classroom is ours to choose.  Left to ourselves, would we not lounge in opulence and shun squalor?  GOD, however, must be the 'Engineer of State', if we are to attain graduate level contentment.  Any self serving prig can be content when they abound,  genuine litmus however, is best achieved during the abased phase of training.  Paul was of use to the LORD, like few others throughout history, because he had: "learned ... 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."

In schooling his young pastor friend in this grace, Paul writes to Timothy: "But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content."

Can you count yourself as the alumni of  the Institute of Contentment? Oh, the number of our ranks who ditch these critical classes, and prove themselves discontented dropouts!  GOD give us faith to stay in school and discover, like Paul, that we too:  "... can do all things through CHRIST which strengtheneth ..."

"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for HE hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

For Love of Country
John Witherspoon
(Signature of the Declaration of Independence; 1723-1794)
"It is in the man of piety and inward principle, that we may expect to find the uncorrupted patriot, the useful citizen, and invincible soldier."

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