"Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am." -Philippians 4:11
So how much is really enough?
I remember when I finished my book, The Dragon Forest, I prayed for it to be published.
When it was published, I prayed for it to sell copies.
When it sold copies, I prayed for it to sell even more copies and be picked up by an even BIGGER publisher!
And on, and on, and on....
I can see how frustrated God becomes with His children. He gives us what we desire and then we ask for more and more and more!
Charles Spurgeon wrote in his book Morning By Morning, "When our Father does not give us more, we should be content with His daily allowance."
But how many of us even think about that? How many of us are content with just what we have and nothing more?
We get that job we prayed about then want a raise. We get that new house we prayed for, then want new furniture. We get what we want...then ask for more.
Paul reminds us that no matter what our state...rich or poor...we should be content no matter what. I have learned this lesson over the years. I have lived in base houses, small apartments, larger apartments, nice houses, even nicer houses, and now a mobile home.
Yet, through it all, I have learned to be content. Got that? I have learned through the years how to be content. It did not happen overnight, trust me. There were tears and crying and gnashing of teeth! But the Lord has shown me that what He gives us He can take away in a moment. So I am grateful for what I have.
Oh, I still stumble sometimes and ask for my next book to be published...and sell copies...and sell more copies...and sign a book deal...and on and on! Sigh. When is it enough?
So, take some time today to look at what your daily allowance is. Thank God for that portion He has given you no matter how big or small. He knows it is enough for you.
Then, be content with what you have and stop asking for more!