"I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am." Philippians 4:12-13 MSG
Thoughts for Today
Many people are experiencing severe financial loss in the current economic climate. Stock market woes. Investment values plummeting. Retirement funds disappearing. Even without job loss, this downhill slide can be frightening. Coupled with job loss, it can be devastating … but it doesn't have to be.
In today's scripture the apostle Paul tells us that he has experienced both riches and poverty, but that he has reached a point where his joy and his well-being don't depend on the security of his bank account. No matter what he is going through, he knows that Jesus will give him the strength to make it through.
Jesus will do the same for you.
As human beings, we all have a tendency to place our confidence in things we can see or control. Looking at a solid report on our investments or a sizable bank balance on our statement can give us a feeling of security. But in the current economic crisis, we are being reminded all too clearly that these things are not secure, that they can disappear in a moment.
Paul knew where his security was. He knew that no matter what the circumstances, Jesus would be there and would give him the strength needed to make it through.
No matter what your circumstances, remember that Jesus is with you. He will give you the strength you need. As you lean on him, and trust him and obey him, he will make a way.
Father, help me remember that even if all my investments fail and my retirement fund collapses, you haven't changed. Thank you that your love for me will never change and that with you I can make it—no matter what. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
Handling Loss and Grief: How to Face Losses in Life and Grieve Christianly by Raymond T. Brock, Ed.D. This study teaches participants what the Bible has to say about handling the losses of life. It offers biblical coping methods for facing loss.
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