Monday, 7 April 2014

On Finding Contentment With God Part 2

In a recent post on this blog I mused about finding contentment with God. Paul said he had found the secret to finding that contentment:

Not that I am speaking of being in need, 

I have learned 
in whatever situation I am to be content.  

I know how to 

be brought low,
I know how to 
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.
(Philippians 4:11-13 KJV)

In that blogposting one of the questions I ask is:

"One day we will die and stand before Jesus.What will matter in that day?"

Will what I had for breakfast, lunch or dinner on any given day matter? Will what I wear today matter on that day? Will what I think of myself...

.... (whether positive or negative, good or bad), or how good a mood I'm in today matter on that day?

Here is a hint right out of the Bible for us:

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, 
your faith is growing abundantly, 
and the love of every one of you for one another 
is increasing. 
Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God 
for your 
steadfastness and faith 
in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that 
you are enduring. 
This is evidence 
of the righteous judgment of God, 
that you may be 
considered worthy 
of the kingdom of God,
for which you are also suffering-- since indeed God considers it just 
to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 
and to grant relief to you who are afflicted 
as well as to us, 
when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels  in flaming fire, 
inflicting vengeance 
on those who do not know God 
and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.   
They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, 
away from the presence of the Lord 
and from the glory of his might, 
when he comes 
on that day
to be glorified in his saints, 
and to be marveled at among all who have believed, 
because our testimony to you was believed.

To this end we always pray for you, 
that our God may
make you worthy 
of his calling 
and may fulfill every resolve 
for good 
every work of faith
 by his power,
so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you,
 and you in him, 
according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 
--2 Thessalonians 1:3-12 (ESV)

It is by His power and His strength supplied to all who believe in Jesus, and pray for the saints that our work will be of faith, not self-seeking for vain glory, that is fleshy and temporary, seeking only for what is eternal according to the grace that has been supplied even if in earthly things we seem to be lacking, that our love for the truth of God, and our love for the saints of God will continue to increase leading to our rejoicing for the good and perfect praise we lift to God in all He has done and will do, in both peace and plenty, and scarcity and persecution, knowing that this life is only a foretaste of the glory held in store for those who believe on Christ.

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