“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.”- Philippians 4:11-12
Today Bill Hybels discusses the second relevant central tenet forming the foundation for full financial reconciliation with God (Chapter 3 of Simplify).
2. Live joyfully within God’s current provision for my life. Pastor Hybels notes it is human nature to look for greener pastures and wish for better circumstances or an easier life. It logically follows that if we were to get these things we would be happy.
If this is the case, the author notes, Americans should be among the happiest people on earth. However, a 2012 Gallup Poll ranked the United States thirty-third on a happiness scale. In contrast, seven of the top ten countries were in Latin America, an area ranking low on typical economic indicators associated with happiness.
Pastor Hybels comments on the beautiful words of St. Paul:
“Someone fully reconciled to God financially can joyfully accept God’s current level of provision for his or her life. . . . It is our responsibility to make adjustments so we can live within God’s provision and be joyfully content whether He provides a little or a lot in any given season.”
Today’s question: What Bible verses have fortified your trust in God’s provision following your vocation loss? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Examining your work life”