See the times we have found ourselves in globally; a time no one in their “right mind” played out this wild card in their wildest imagination save for a few script writers in Hollywood. The loss of livelihoods, the loss of hope and the loss of lives cannot be described even if I used the expression “heart wrenching”; the latter is the deepest wound and incomparable to no other…a moment of silence…
“Where are you my Father”? This has been the weight of content in my intimate moments of talking with God. I know He Is; I have no doubt, I have nothing held against him. See, God is good no matter what, who or what gets accounted to him especially in error. He is good, He is God, He is our keeper, He is our hope, He is our strength, He is our present help and he will never leave us nor forsake us; He hasn’t.
There are people whom we share the same oxygen on this earth that have never known want because there is a proverbial silver spoon that’s in their mouth and I have never been sure what its doing there and who even put it there. However, this nature of people don’t know what poverty is and am thinking it has everything to do with this silver spoon they own and apparently they were born with it in their mouth. There is “another people” also that have never even seen silver; poverty is like the head of the family who hold the highest stake on every decision and sets the sails on the family journey. Both these and those in between them have been affected by especially the global economic crisis. One cant go out at Starbucks nor splurge in Spain on a shopping spree while the latter is forced to wear a mask whos price is the cost of their weekly meal. We are breathing the same oxygen, we are all alive. We start here in gratitude, continue in ceaseless prayer
Again my favorite wise man wrote a letter and said this; Philippians 4: 10-14
I rejoiced greatly in the Lord, that now at last you have renewed your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned about me before, but you had no opportunity to show it. Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need. I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] Nevertheless, it was right of you to share [with me] in my difficulties.
In my seeking to understand why both lack and abundance are part of our journey I learnt that there is a secret to it. The simple mind would simply look to see how to endure the really low seasons especially matters that concern our livelihood. So lets not be simple. I found out that good stewardship is not a popular teaching, why? because in abundance, everyone is still holding up their glass in applause way too long and the lights went out and the high risers didn’t realize it. We danced too long, we ate too much, we forgot to love and to give. Here is free wisdom from the proverbs
Generosity brings prosperity,
but withholding from charity brings poverty. Proverbs 11:24
Apostle Paul is not talking on just principles that guarantee you salvation on a really low season of life, he is not just expressing his gratitude for the great partnership the Philippi church extended to him with constancy; but he says that he learnt that he could do all things; make it in all things, find strength in all things through Christ who infused him with his divine nature that enabled him to remain consistent in faith, praise and purpose.
God grants us divine strength in Christ Jesus to rejoice always, find contentment and grace in both seasons of our lives when we have and when we have not. Especially when we have; humility and generosity becomes elusive while poverty and lack are so disheartening but mostly numbing that we are so much imprisoned in it and unaware of what time it is outside. I encourage us to explore this journey of contentment that only comes from Christ who infuses us
Grace and peace to you!