Showers of Blessings
Perspective on Our Blessings
Scripture: Philippians 4:11-13
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I 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. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
The number of blessings to any one person is certainly measured differently by each person judging it. It is truly a matter of perspective. To a person from Argentina, having a bare block walled shelter to call their own is a mighty blessing. To an affluent American, that same bare block walled home would seem less than a blessing. A man who walks with a limp may complain to God until he sees a man with no legs. It is all in our perspective.
In our discussion of God’s abundant blessings and His desire to prosper His people, we must gain the proper perspective. The apostle Paul said that he learned to be content (Philippians 4:11). Webster tells us that feeling content means being “free from care or discomfort; satisfaction with one’s possessions.” Certainly, this is the “feeling” we all desire in life. The Apostle Paul goes on to say that he maintained this “feeling” of contentment when he had little and when he had plenty (Philippians 4:12). What was this secret of contentment? A solid faith that he could do everything through Him (God) who gave him strength! (Philippians 4:13).
Our daily prayer can be (and should be) for God to grant us this same level of contentment. There is joy in living when we are free from care and satisfied with the possessions we presently have. Think of the alternative – always wanting more. Once God gave you one thing, it wouldn’t be long until you asked for more. Most people live in this ongoing state of discontent. God refuses to cater to this worldly perspective. He desires to do a good work in our lives that brings a deep satisfaction with spiritual blessings. To quote the words of an old chorus: “And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”
Father, I seek the divine feelings of freedom from care and a satisfaction with my life. Please do your work in me – I give you permission. In Jesus Name, amen.