Read: Philippians 4:10-13
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13
Paul was telling the church at Philippi that he has discovered the secret of
contentment. No matter the situation in Paul’s life, he realized that Christ was
all he needed, and Christ was the one who strengthened him to persevere
through difficult times.
In my life, I will experience many ups and downs. My contentment is not found
in circumstances. Rather, it is based on my relationship with Jesus Christ. Only
Jesus gives me the strength I need to be content in every circumstance of life.
Lord Jesus, please help me as I strive to be content in You. Through Your
strength, I can make it through any situation I must face.
Read: Genesis 3
“And He said to Adam, “Because you listened to your wife’s voice and ate from
the tree about which I commanded you, ‘Do not eat from it’: The ground is
cursed because of you. You will eat from it by means of painful labor all the
days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the
plants of the field.” Gen. 3:17-18
Disobedience always brings consequences, whereas obedience brings
blessing. Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s one command and sin, death, and
frustration entered into the world. However, we see the game changer - God’s
grace - at work in not putting Adam and Eve to death immediately.
This chapter holds the key in explaining why the world is as it is, broken and in
need of redeeming. There was an “aha’ moment for me when I read and
understood this chapter. As I experience frustration, temptation, pain, loss, etc.
may I realize that this is the result of the the fall and not creation as God
Lord , thank you for your reminder that sin has a great cost and it has long
lasting consequences. Forgive me Father for the lingering sin in my life that I
treat so lightly. May I see it as you see it. Help me in my weakness to battle sin
as I should. Thanks for your grace and patience.