George MacDonald once wrote: “Let me, if I may, be ever welcomed in my room in winter by a glowing hearth, in summer by a vase of flowers; if I may not, let me think how nice they would be and bury myself in my work. I do not think that the road to contentment lies in despising what we have not got. Let us acknowledge all good, all delight that the world holds, and be content without it.” (George MacDonald: An Anthology, ed. C. S. Lewis, New York: Macmillan, 1947, 103)
“I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:11-13)
Paul was no stranger to suffering and blessing. He understood who was the source of his contentment and strength. There is not a whisper of self-importance in his statement. In Jesus he found the perfect source of peace, contentment, and strength.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell,
Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.