Bible Reading: Philippians 4:10-20; Matthew 7:24-27
If you have ever seen an infomercial, you know what it is like to realize you, “cannot live,” without the advertised product. How did we ever remove stains from clothes before OxyClean came into our lives? How did we ever exercise without a Bowflex treadmill? How did we sleep before Serta got into the mattress business? Product marketing is designed to make us think we have fallen behind the times, and they encourage us to catch up and live in the now! There are so many things in today’s culture that make us feel discontent and unsatisfied with the things we already have. Therefore, many of us fall into the trap of thinking, “If I just had blank, then I would be good.” However, we all have come to learn that with everything we get, we always desire a little more. I heard a story about a time when John D. Rockefeller was asked, "How much money is enough money?" He replied, "Just a little bit more."
Being a missionary, Paul knew what is was like to go without many conveniences. As he is closing out his letter to the Philippians, he thanks them for all the help and aid they have given him. There were times the Philippians would have done more if they could, but circumstances kept them from doing so. Paul does not hold this against them, but uses this moment to teach them one last, very important, lesson. There will be times the Philippians, indeed all people, will find themselves living with very little, and at other times they will have an abundance. At some times, you will go to bed hungry, and at other times you will have more food than you can eat. Some moments you will be flying high and abounding in every good thing, whereas at other moments you will be brought low and in need. Such are the ups and downs of life. The important truth to remember in whatever place you find yourself: God never changes. Your circumstances may vary, but God stays the same. Knowing that God is faithful to forgive us, redeem us, lead us, perfect in us, and love us, we find strength to keep going. You can endure all things because of the strength you have in Jesus. Christ is more than enough for every place and time in life.
Application: If Jesus is all you need to have a full and abundant life, then you can stand firm through the noise and distractions of our world’s marketing. Because you have found the strength to withstand the storms of trends and popular viewpoints, and because your life is built on the rock-solid foundation of Jesu Christ, you will never be shaken or moved. Keep Jesus as the focus of your heart and the thoughts of your mind and live in the satisfying fulfillment that only He can give. Always remember that with God you have everything you will ever need. Be content in this life knowing that blessings and riches beyond your imagination await you in eternity with our Heavenly Father. As Paul writes in Philippians 4:20, “To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for being all we will ever need. You have graciously given us salvation from sin, and the hope for eternal life with you. Help us to be content with ou and all that you give to us in this life. May we never desire anything more than you. We love you, Heavenly Father. Amen.