Content in All Things

Philippians 4:11-13 says this: “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

I am very new to California. I am from Indiana, but I have always heard about the drought. For the past three years, I have lived with you in the drought. I have seen friends’ wells go dry, families without water, and farmers unable to get the needed water for their crops. It has been hard to watch.

Then God sent rain, and I couldn’t stop singing and dancing in it. I couldn’t stop worshiping the Lord these past few weeks for it. I even read an article on how much snow there has been this year and how it is a historic amount, not seen since 1970. The article then turns to say it isn’t nearly enough. It talks about this… and that… and gloom, grim and doom.

Can we simply celebrate and praise God for the fact we had a historic snowfall and are having significant rainfalls? Sure it isn’t going to be enough to replace what has not been for the past several years, but it is a start, and it provides so much-needed water for the year, maybe years to come.

Let’s not look at what we had before. Instead, be thankful for what God has provided for us today. Let us change our perspectives on how we look at things and be blessed by what He has given. Paul shows us from Philippians 4:11-13 that this is the secret to finding peace and contentment in this life, because if we wait for mass media to let us know when we can be content, we will always be left in want.

Thank you, God, for all the rain you have brought. Would you please keep sending it? Would you please help us be content with what You have given, knowing You provide every day for our needs?

Lord, Help us to find our peace and contentment in You. Thank you, Lord, for all the snow. Thank you, Lord, for all the rain. Thank you, Lord, for all the needed water. Please, Lord, continue to provide for our needs each year. We pray for Lake Kaweah to be filled once again in your timing. Through your provision, Lord.

Brandon Zoll is pastor of the Church of God of Exeter. He may be reached by calling 559-592-2631.

Prays Together is a rotating faith-based commentary and advice column among the pastors of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church as well as the Lemon Cove Community Church.

This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Sun-Gazette newspaper.

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