Though believers endure troubles, I venture to say few, if any, sincerely pray for God to send them more troubles. Since this is true, why did James say to count it all joy when we suffer trials and temptations? He gives the answer by saying the testing of our faith produces steadfastness, and if believers remain steadfast, they will become complete and lack nothing.
During my recent serious illness, being in a hospital, rehab center, back to a hospital, then home by ambulance, and dependent on my son and others for all physical needs, my future was not conducive to one of contentment.
Philippians 4: 11-13 “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.“
I read and reread these words “for I have learned in whatever situation, I’m to be content.” At the end of that statement I wrote the words I am trying!
Paul had undergone far more trials and hardships than I had, but he was aware he was not alone and said he could do all things through Him who strengthens him. Thus far, I have found that promise to be true, and what ever the future has for me, I’m confident that God’s grace and strength given me will be sufficient.
Heavenly Father, what a blessing to be one of Your adopted children and enjoy the peace and contentment You give me. Since Jesus made these blessings possible; so I pray and thank You in His name. Amen.