…Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have been instructed (μεμύημαι, initiated), in being well-fed and in going hungry, in having plenty and in being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Phil 4: 11-13) Meanwhile, the Rolling Stones witness, “I can’t get no satisfaction.” And that’s true. It’s true that “I,” on my own, without God, cannot be fulfilled. It is only “through Him,” as the Apostle witnesses here, that I somehow, in ways I don’t understand, find contentment “with whatever I have.” And it’s not because I talk about Him, or read about Him, as in what the Apostle writes here. It’s experience. I “recognize” the Apostle’s experience, from the times I have let God into my life, just like I “recognize” the experience of the Rolling Stones, from the times “I tried, and tried,” to find satisfaction in self-reliance. So let me let God’s grace into my day today, so that His light can put my ups and my downs in a healthy perspective, “in any and all circumstances.” His uncreated energies stabilize all these ups and downs, when I re-connect with Him, in the one, purposeful direction of my cross-carrying journey. “Thy will be done.” Amen.
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