Philippians 4:11 “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.”
Contentment is not like an issued uniform you are handed as you enter a new season—it is a rare jewel to be learned. We’re not going to look at Paul, the author of this passage from Philippians, but rather Jesus—the greatest example of contentment in whatever situation and circumstance. If we look at Christ and consider how he had times of rejoicing and times he had to deny his own will to submit to the Father fully, we will be encouraged to do the same. We are going to look at three brief snapshots of Jesus’ joy and three of his suffering.
Jesus had seasons of joy.
All of these can easily seem like one big daily interruption after the next, but Jesus handles them all with grace, patience, and love. Think of how you would handle each of these. Likewise, each instance ultimately looks like joy from a distance. It’s easy to think of Jesus as a man of many sorrows, but he was entirely man and experienced joy, too.
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