December 13

Philippians 4:4-12

Completely satisfied

In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he tells them how they can be truly happy in Jesus.

He says: “Be really happy in the Lord! Let your gentleness be seen by all. The Lord is coming soon! Do not worry about anything, but in every situation tell God what you need, and remember to thank Him for His answers. God’s peace—which is more wonderful than we can understand—will keep your hearts and your thoughts safe in Jesus.

And now, I remind you to keep your thoughts on things that are true, good, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.

I am glad that you could show your care for me (even though I have not felt uncared for). For I have learnt to be satisfied with what I have. I know what it is like to be in need, and what it is like to have enough. I have learnt to be content, whether I have enough or whether I don’t.”

Is it wrong to complain to God in our prayers?

Remember how the Israelites kept grumbling and complaining on their way to the Promised Land? God became angry about their constant moaning because they weren’t satisfied with the way He provided for them. On the other hand, David often told God exactly how he felt when Saul was chasing him all over the countryside. “I pour out my complaint before Him; before him I tell my trouble” (Psalm 142:2).

God doesn’t mind when we talk to Him about how we feel, or when we tell Him about our problems (see Psalm 142:6). But we shouldn’t just complain and then not trust Him for an answer. By faith, we must believe that He is able to change our situation if, and when, He chooses. That is why we should thank God as we pray, because it shows that we trust Him totally to do what is best.

Verse for today

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6