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A Devotion for Teachers for the week of JULY 22, 2018

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                                                                 CONTENTMENT IS LEARNED

Philippians 4:11-13  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. 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. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

        Paul states that he has “learned to be content.”  He knew what it was like to be in the top echelon of society.  Apostle Paul was an educated, “high class” citizen of his time. He also experienced being arrested, beaten, imprisoned, and rejected because of his faith in Jesus Christ.  He knew the best of times and the worst of times. And, through it all, he gained contentment.  

        True contentment comes as we mature and realize there is a higher purpose for our lives than pleasure. Through life experiences, we often learn that the things we seek with our whole heart are still not enough to satisfy us.  The young person who seeks popularity, a great career, a family, a home, a new car and nice things usually finds that they are not as gratifying as expected.  This disappointment can lead to depression and hopelessness.  Or, it can lead to a search for a higher purpose in life.  

        Paul discarded all of the “clout” as an elite member of society to follow Christ.  It was in his commitment to Christ that he found contentment.    Proverbs 19:23 says -- The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.  

        It is not what you have or who you know that will bring real contentment to your life.  But, instead, it is getting your relationship with God in its right place.  Security begins with recognizing that Christ is your provider, your strength, your protection and your forgiveness.  Allowing God to lead your daily decisions and knowing that God is in the middle of all of your experience, good or bad, can bring rest and peace to your life. As you grow in your relationship with Christ and learn to lean only on Him, you will then become content no matter what your circumstances are for today.  

        When you acquire the spiritual contentment that comes from Christ, your students will be drawn to the “peace that passes understanding” seen in your daily walk.  If you see them following you, when possible, point them past you to Christ.  Help them to understand the difference Christ has made in your life.

Dear God, I am not always content.  Sometimes I don’t even understand what I am wanting.  Teach me to find my contentment in you.  Help me to realize that all good things come from you and you work all things together for my good.   




 
   
 


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