Daily Devotion on Philippians 4:10-20
Text: Philippians 4:10-20
Black Friday… What a crazy day. This year I am half tempted to be one of those people standing in line to get a great deal on a much “needed” high definition TV and blue-ray player. Every year people stand in line for hours trying to get that great deal. Every year people spend their hard-earned money on those “needs” in their lives. Every year brings more headlines about impatient, rude, selfish shoppers who actually have trampled people to death in the past so that they could save a couple hundred dollars on a TV.
And all of this takes place on the day after Thanksgiving… Thanksgiving, a uniquely American holiday is all about being content with what we have in our lives. The day after Thanksgiving is all about getting more things in our lives. It is interesting how Americans spoil good days with bad. Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras take place the day before Lent begins. People feel the need to get the sin out of them before they cool it for lent. Black Friday takes day of contentment, it is as if it pains people to be thankful for a whole 24 hours so they have to go and binge buy the next day.
Thankfully as Christians we have the secret to being content every day of the year. A better translation for Philippians 4:13 would be, “In all things (whether hungry or full, sick or healthy, poor or rich) I am strong in him who gives me strength.” Jesus is the secret to earthly contentment because we know that no matter what our earthly standing, it all is temporary. Someday soon Jesus will come and take us to eternal perfection. While we wait we know that “God will meet our needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us all the amazing riches we enjoy as Americans. More importantly thank you for giving us the forgiveness of sins through your son Jesus. Help us to find contentment in our lives in the knowledge that you are caring for us and will take us to be with you soon. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.