The Secret of Contentment

By   •   March 16   •   Topics: ,

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Jesus told His disciples that the world would hate them. They would be “as sheep in the midst of wolves.” They would be arrested, scourged, and brought before governors and kings. Even their loved ones would persecute them. As the world hated and persecuted Him, so it would treat His servants. Thousands of Christians have learned the secret of contentment and joy in trial. Some of the happiest Christians I have met have been life-long sufferers. They have had every reason to sigh and complain, being denied so many privileges and pleasures that they see others enjoy, yet they have found greater cause for gratitude and joy than many who are prosperous, vigorous, and strong.

In all ages, Christians have found it possible to maintain the spirit of joy in the hour of trial. In circumstances that would have felled most men, they have so completely risen above them that they actually have used the circumstances to serve and glorify Christ.

Prayer for the day

Lord Jesus, keep us ever mindful of the need to rejoice in You constantly; to go beyond the circumstance, no matter how desperate, and to see You as our hope and joy.

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  1. Penny says:

    It took me awhile, and a lot of trials in my life to get to where I am in my relationship with the Lord today. My mom’s sudden death six years ago caused me to spiral downward into addiction and I’m ashamed to admit it, but I was so angry with God. Finally I got help with my addiction, but then, my husband lost his job and we lost everything. For awhile, I felt like God was punishing me for the mistakes I’ve made in my life, and I felt as though I deserved it. Today, my life is coming together and things are better…not because I have no struggles, I do, but because I’ve learned from the trials in my life and without them I would not be where I am in my relationship with the Lord.


    la gloria de Dios alcance a cada persona del mundo y que todos conozcan de su amor y su misericordia y que el gran mando de sacerdocio que tubo elias lo tengan usted nunca se aparte de su corazón el amor de cristo.

  3. Ralph Black says:

    Thank you for this encouraging devotion. Being content in Christian despite our circumstances. I needed this.