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.”
~1 Timothy 6:6,8
L.B. Cowman told a story about a Christian woman who earned a living by hard daily labor. However, she was a joyful Christian. The story went rather like this: the Christian woman encountered another Christian lady who was a gloomy Christian and the gloomy lady ask the joyful lady, ”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 response of the joyful lady was that she “never supposes”. She told the gloomy lady that the Lord is her Shepherd, and she knew that she will not want. She also told her that it was all those “supposes” that is making you so miserable, and she had better give them all up to the Lord.
Don't we all do the “supposes”, and also the “would-a”, “could-a”, and “should-a's”?
Recently I read an article in the newspaper that was titled, “Lasting Trends”. It was an article about “what home decor choices will have staying power?” It encouraged a person 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”, and 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 this article several years ago, I “could-a” purchased “staying power” decorations!
As I gazed around my own home, I kept thinking about that particular article “Lasting Trends”. Then suddenly my mind switched to Paul to what he taught us in the Book of Philippians. He said, “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....”
Paul was in prison in Philippi when he wrote the above scripture. How could Paul have been happy in the situation he was in? He did not seem to have the burning desire to redecorate his prison cell in Rome when he wrote to all the Christians in Philippi. He didn't do any “supposes”, as he must of gazed upon the dark and gloomy walls.
Paul simply gave it all to the Lord, just like the joyful Christian lady did in the above story. The Lord provided both of them with His strength to be satisfied in their present circumstances.
As God's people try to strive to be content in whatever circumstances you are in. In no way am I saying it is wrong to want to redecorate your home. But what I am saying is to do your best to desire to become content with deepening your spiritual life. Strive to not become a “would-a”, “should-a”, “could-a” person, and not be doing any “supposes”.
Lord God, thank You for providing the precise instructions regarding how to become content in life. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington