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Imagine Daily Devotion, Day 9, February 11, 2018

By Pat Nagel in Trinity Lutheran Church about 1 year ago | 936 views

 By: Pastor Randy Rozelle

Scripture Reading 

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
– Philippians 4:13 (NIV)


Have you ever thought to yourself: If only I had a better _, then I’d be happy. Perhaps your “better” would be a car, house, TV, gaming system, wardrobe, or paying job. Seems logical, right?


According to this logic, Americans should be the happiest people on earth. We enjoy more education, medical care, home ownership, multiple cars, food availability, and personal freedoms than most people. However, a 2012 Gallup Poll ranked the United States thirty-third in the world on a happiness scale. If having more doesn’t equate to happiness, then what’s the secret for contentment in life?

Paul tells us in one of the most misapplied passages in all of Scripture. Philippians 4:13 is not a carte blanche promise of Christ’s strength in all that we do, be it running a half- marathon, acing a final, or overcoming a disease. Rather, Paul connects the promise of Philippians 4:13 to life’s varying financial seasons. He declares, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” The “everything” in this context is contented living in the midst of little or lots, plenty or paucity. Hence, whatever his bottom line, Paul can press on with contentment through the Savior who gives him strength, and so can we! In changing and challenging economic times, Christ empowers us to live contented lives independent of income or worth. How blessed we are!

Just imagine… what God could do through us if we were content with what we have, and shared sacrificially with others.


In seasons of plenty and seasons of meagerness, how has Christ revealed His strength to you? How do you draw contentment from Him now?


Lord Jesus, thank You for giving us strength. Empower me to live with contentment regardless of my means and to imagine what You can do with whatever I have. You are an awesome God. Amen.


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Tony Mintrup

In any season I can know with confidence that the creator of the universe will never leave me nor forsake me; is for me and not against me; and I can experience joy from serving with the gifts He gave me.

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