January 31, 2021

Bob Maas
“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:11-13
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”
Hebrews 13:5

Over the years I have had many different forms of expectations. They have always been in people, places or things. No matter where I went, what I did or who I was with, I formed an intended outcome about the situations or circumstances which I thought would be the best. When they didn’t work out like I had planned or hoped they would, I was always disappointed. I didn’t realize it, but I was continually setting myself up for eventual failure. Even when things turned out to be temporarily successful, the best I could accomplish was never good enough. Then the day came when I found my contentment in the Lord. What a glorious day that was. I no longer had to find pleasure in other people, places or things. I can enjoy fellowship with Him continually and in the process of doing that I am able to also enjoy everyone I am with, everywhere I go and in everything I am doing. I pray that God will help me stay focused on abiding in Christ and keep expectations in Him.