In Whatsoever State I Am

I’ve written about how Jesus’ experience in the garden of Gethsemane helped me to understand the importance of being obedient and submitting to God’s will. (Here)

The next passage of scripture taught me the importance of being at peace in ALL situations – the good and the bad.

In Philippians, Paul writes:

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. (Philippians 4:11-12 KJV)

Hmmn.

Finances terrible?  Be content.

Health not so great?  Be content.

You landed the job of your dreams?  Be content.

In whatsoever state.

This means something very important.

In order to learn to be content in all situations we must go THROUGH them.

Not around, over or under but THROUGH.

We spend a lot of time trying to avoid difficult circumstances, unwilling to soldier through.

When we can’t avoid the rough spots we go through those times feeling despondent and discouraged.  We only feel contentment when things are going well.

No.

We must go through ALL of life’s experience with a sense of contentment.  Not just the good but the unpleasant as well.

Jesus went through the “storm” of the cross.  There were no shortcuts.  He endured every lash, every hit, every discomfort, every lie, every betrayal – death, burial and resurrection – Jesus went through it.  He chose to be obedient to God’s plan even though it troubled Him.  Once He decided to be obedient to God’s will, His attitude was one of peace, contentment and a graceful recognition of His fate.

The result?

God exalted him.  Gave Him a name that is above every name.  A name at which all things in heaven, earth and hell will bow. (Philippians 2:9-10 KJV)

Be still and know that I am God…(Psalm 46:10 KJV)

Know that God is in control.

That means whatever happens is ordained of God and our role is to be obedient to His will, being content as we go through each situation.  We experience a constant state of contentment when we gracefully accept the outcome of our situations even when they are not in line with our expectations.

 

 

The key is not to be invested in a particular outcome.  Invest in obedience and submitting to God’s will.

 

Thank God in the midst of every situation.  See the blessing in every situation.  Be thankful for the opportunity to completely depend on Him.

Embrace the blessing that comes from understanding “Thy will be done” so that you can experience this:

In whatsoever state I am…I will be content.