Let Us Not Suppose
“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.”
~I Timothy 6:6, 8
L. B. Cowman told a story about a joyful Christian woman who earned a living by hard daily labor. The story went rather like this: the joyful Christian woman encountered another Christian lady who was a gloomy person. The gloomy lady said: “It is well enough to be happy now, but I should think the thoughts of your future would sober you. Only suppose, for instance, you should have a spell of sickness, and be unable to work, or suppose your present employers should move away, and no one else should give you anything to do; or suppose--”. The joyful lady responded that she “never supposes”. She went on to say that the Lord is her Shepherd, and she knows that she will not want. She also told her that it was all those “supposes” that was making her so miserable, and she had better give them all up to the Lord.
Recently an article in the newspaper was titled, “Lasting Trends”. It was an article about “what home decor choices will have staying power?” The article encouraged people to think about redecorating their home that will reflect choices that will have “staying power”. In other words, decorations that were “hot 40 years ago” may have become “stale”. The article proceeded to give suggestions for the types of decorations that will live on...and on...and on. Only “supposes” I “would-a” read that article several years ago, I “could-a” purchased “staying power” decorations!
As I gazed around my own home thinking about that particular article “Lasting Trends”, suddenly I began to think about Paul. In the Book of Philippians he stated: “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything, I have learned the secret of living in every situation...”. Great advice, is it not?
Paul was in prison in Philippi when he wrote the above scripture. How could he remain happy? He did not seem to have the burning desire to redecorate his prison cell when he wrote to all the Christians in Philippi. He didn't do any “supposes”, as he gazed upon the dark and gloomy walls.
Paul simply gave it all to the Lord, just like the joyful Christian lady did. They were satisfied with their present-day circumstances as they depended upon God to supply their needs.
God's people ought to strive to become content in their existing circumstances. In no way am I saying it is wrong to have the desire to redecorate your home with “lasting trends” and “staying power” decorations. However, God's people ought to attempt to “be content”, and not be a “would-a”, “should-a”, “could-a” person.
Lord God, thank You for providing to us instructions regarding how to become content in our life. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington