The Secret of Contentment

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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. Nancy says:

    Glory to God for the encouragement, sometime I wonder what i do daily to glorify God each day but i find myself not doing as much as God wants only finding myself worrying how I will establish my life. Thank Jesus for great people You have put aside to encourage others. You are a blessing to me as we wait Jesus.

  2. Laura Speer says:

    It took me many years to realize how very much I needed Jesus Christ in my life. I did not think I needed Him, but in the end He showed me just how wrong I was. He stayed with me through all my bad times and helped open my eyes to Him. Now for the past thirty four years, I am now seventy-one, I have been blessed beyond measure. The poem Foot Prints In The Sand is a description of my life and I thank God for not giving up on me and for His guidance and love, and for forgiving all my many sins. What a gracious GOD we have.

  3. Sam K says:

    Lord Jesus, today I turn 56 years old. Most of those years I have been a Christian and have sought you in my life. I have been blessed with so much, and have also faced many trials. While there have been times that I did not look to you first, sometimes years, I always knew thar you were right there waiting for me. In the past two years I have gone through a very difficult transition that included much loss and depression and hopelessness, I am seeing it was all part of the growing process – that I would not trust in my own strengths, but fully lean on your power and grace. Everyday I learn a little bit more. Lord, keep me in the center of your will for my life, show your will to me clearly that I would follow it and glorify you. Amen.

  4. Gerry says:

    There is no such thing as a trouble free life. Being a Christian does not exempt us. However it does offer us a way to have an incredible peace as we journey through trials and difficult times. When the load gets too heavy, let Jesus carry it.

  5. 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.

    1. Sandi says:

      Penny, I prayed for you after reading your comment. God loves you and I pray you are still standing strong.

    2. Matt says:

      Penny I can empathize with you about our struggles in life and addiction. At some point after spinal surgery, I became dependent on pain medication to ease not only the physical pain, but also to drown out the emotional pain of life’s struggles. As you know, usually only another addict can relate to the powerlessness and loss of self control while in active addiction. However, by surrendering our will to GOD and dedication to treatment, an addiction free life is attainable. I’m often reminded daily to pray for the knowledge of GOD’S will and the power to carry that out. As humans we all make mistakes, but now when realizing that I made a mistake I promptly admit my wrong and move forward seeking the will of CHRIST. Stay strong!

  6. SANDRA MILENA MENDIETA says:

    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.

  7. Ralph Black says:

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