“I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.”
– Philippians 4:12
The scripture for our study: Philippians 4:10-19
But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction.
You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving but you alone; for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs. Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account. But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well- pleasing to God. And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
In this the latter part of Paul’s letter, he rejoices in the gift from the Philippians, and yet affirms for them the source of all true contentment.
- Those content in Christ trust the sovereign plan of God.
- Those content in Christ accept the mysterious nature of God’s will.
- The joy of our security in Christ for life and godliness.
- God graciously allows us to be apart of His sovereign plan.
- Our Christ-exalting gifts to others are a sweet sacrifice to God.