Each week, we share words of reflection from one of our partners in the form of a devotional. This week’s devotional is presented by Brenda Foster.
The Word:
“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 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.  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11-13

The Story:
As Christians, we are not exempt from pain, problems and adversity in our lives.  Paul experienced all of these circumstances and through it all, he declared the strength and possibilities in Christ. Paul speaks from confidence because his own experiences helped him arrive at this conclusion.  He met temptation and persecutions, He was able to bear hunger, cold, fatigue, jail and attempts on his life but he kept his focus on God and the grace given him. God supplied him with the strength to accomplish the things he had done.   Paul willingly and cheerfully endured all these things while telling others to be strong in the Lord and saying he had learned to be content in every situation.  

The Reflection:
When we are faced with the issues of life, can we find peace in our situations believing that God will supply us with all we need to overcome adversity?  While going through trials, are we able to ask God for strength and not let it totally consume us? How can we continue to witness to and help others even when we are struggling? 

The Application:
It is God’s will for us to accomplish His purpose in our lives. We will have trials and adversity, but as Paul expressed, our sufficiency is in Christ. His peace and purpose we can enjoy regardless of life’s circumstances. Let us allow Christ’s power to sustain us in difficulty and scarcity.

The Prayer:
Heavenly Father, we ask you for patience, guidance and strength in all our circumstances.  Help us learn to be content in our circumstances knowing that through faith you will give us the power needed to sustain.  We pray that we will bear fruit in every good work and steadily grow and increase in the knowledge of you.  Amen.