“I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through [Christ] who strengthens me.” If you just need a takeaway, a Bible verse to pray over, let it be Philippians 4:11–14.
The learning here, I believe in this text, when Paul says, “I have learned this contentment” — this murmur-free contentment. I’d love to unpack that. Philippians 2:14: “Do all things without grumbling or disputing,” — complaining, questioning — “that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”
What’s the light of the world? Murmur-free. Christians who don’t complain are the light of the world. It’s the same light in Matthew 5:11–12 as well. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely. . . . Rejoice.” Don’t complain. Rejoice in that day, “for your reward is great in heaven.” Let them see this glory of your good works so that they may give glory to your Father who is in heaven (see Matthew 5:16).
We have such a long way to go. John Piper does at least — 68 and still murmuring. Pray for me. I will pray for you. I am totally serious.
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