PHILIPPIANS‬ ‭4‬:‭12‬ ‭‬‬

“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.”

Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Many Christian’s do not understand the polarity of providence. They believe that everything is flowing toward them and oriented toward their comfort and physical well being. Though God does often shower blessing upon his children, this is tacitly untrue. Philippians has greatly explored the truth that joy and thanks in difficult ways new is a key ingredient to peace. This is because men tend to look beyond what they are given for a blessing. Even when they are given what they need, they tend to want to bottle it and store it for their own purposes. Paul elucidates that their is a way to be joyful and content in every situation. This highlights the truth. Things are not oriented toward man but to God. The trick is not so much in earning some of God’s favor, but rather in gleaning some of the natural blessings that surround him. By his love, good things flow. By his power, time unfolds to his will. By his power, miracles happen. Anyone who takes his offer to join him sincerely, will reap the natural benefits of being around him. And because he is infinite in nature, they overflow for the finite. In a sense we can be content in his scraps. And this is only when he isn’t individually blessing us. Once we know him, we need never want again. This is the default mindset we must teach ourselves to have in all circumstances.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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