“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” (Philippians 4:12, NASB).
I am drawn to Paul’s powerful message in this verse. He says that he has “learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.” The secret that Paul refers to is peace, joy, and contentment. The secret is that whether in a state of satisfaction or hunger, abundance or lack, Paul learned how to hold onto his peace, joy, and contentment. Every day we have the option to choose our response to a given situation. We are free to choose joy or sadness, anger or acceptance, fear or courage, hope or despair. Paul encourages Christians to learn the secret of how to remain in a place of peace, joy, and contentment regardless of our circumstances. I confess that as I grow spiritually it becomes easier to control my emotions, to set my mind, heart, and soul on God’s Word, His promises, and live by faith. It gets easier to simply look past my immediate situation and say, “I don’t care what it looks like, I refuse to walk in fear, doubt, and unbelief.”
Looking back on my life, I see clearly that I spent decades in a state of “emotional highjack” where I was controlled by my emotions. I was constantly allowing my circumstances to determine my mood, thoughts, actions, and decisions. I give God praise that I have discovered the secret that Paul talks about. I have learned to ignore and look past my circumstances. I have learned to encourage myself by going deeper into God’s Word. I have resolved that I will not be moved by what it looks like. In the midst of trial, I use my mouth to call forth things that be not as though they were and I thank God for them before they happen. How about you? Are you struggling with your circumstances? Are you allowing Satan to lead you to a place where you begin to question God’s Word and His promises? Do you believe the facts of your situation more than you believe God’s Word? I encourage you to ask God to help you. Take hold of the secret. Decide today to trust God and live by faith no matter what, and to hold onto your peace, joy, and contentment!
Lord, thank you for your love, mercy, and grace. Jesus, you gave us the gift of perfect peace. I will trust in you Jesus and hold onto my peace joy, and contentment no matter what. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.