Trust in God - Greg Davis

TITHE AND DEVOTIONAL READING OF THE WEEK

SABBATH 24—JUNE 15, 2024

I Have Learned to Be Content

Philippians 4:11–13, NIV—“I am not saying this because I am in need, for 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,x` whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

This is one of the best-known and most beloved texts in the New Testament. It teaches us profound lessons on how to conduct our financial lives according to the divine pattern. Note that Paul, the author of the text, does not say: “I like to live in scarcity.” What he does say is, “I have learned to live even in scarcity.”

Paul is not advising us to enjoy hardship and hunger. What he is telling us is that, throughout life, we may encounter difficult situations, and we will need to adapt to them without despairing. Adversity hits everyone’s life, and learning what Paul learned will make the difference between peace and despair.

The question is though: How do I learn what Paul learned? The key to understanding a life like Paul’s is in verses 11 and 13. In verse 11 he says, “I have learned to be content whatever the circums- tances.” First, we will never learn how to face times of adversity if we don’t learn to be content with what we have. One way to do this is to avoid debts. The vast majority of debts are the result of being unhappy with the things we have. So as we pursue stuff we cannot afford, we incur debt. Second, being faithful in tithes and offerings is a statement that not everything belongs to me and that I can be content with only what is left in my hands.

And in verse 13 Paul says, “I can do all [things] through [Christ].” I’m sure you know people who can say, “With the money I have I can buy anything and I can do whatever I want.” But the biblical invitation is for us to say: Because I am in Christ “I can do all things.” The only way to learn contentment is to know that, in Christ, I already have everything that is really valuable and that, amid difficulty, the Divine Presence is my support.

Appeal: Let God lead you down the path of contentment by avoiding debt and being faithful to God.

Earlier this week, Pastor Dan Serb, the current Irish Mission President, was appointed as Vice Principal of Newbold College of Higher Education. Pastor Dan will continue in his current role until August, by which time BUC Executive Committee will have had time to consider the appointment of a new President. The following article gives further information about Pastor Dan's new appointment. We wish Pastor Dan and his family all the best as he transitions to this new role over the coming months.

Click here to read more

BUC family Ministries Leadership Training
18 February - 30 June 2024 Online Event,
Facilities Hire
16 May - 19 July 2024 Watford, United Kingdom

Initiatives

Initiatives

Outpost Youth Project

Outpost Youth Project

An innovative youth outreach project based in Dublin and Belfast, but drawing interest from around the Irish Mission.

IMASA

IMASA

Irish Mission Adventist Student Association is the public campus ministries organisation for Seventh-day Adventist students...

Cuisle Centre

Cuisle Centre

A Community Centre in Ranelagh providing services and courses designed to support whole-person health in its many dimensions. ...

Prehen Lifestyle Centre

Prehen Lifestyle Centre

Based in Derry/Londonderry we offer daily fitness classes, cooking classes, health education and social events to transform lives...

Adventist Community Services

Adventist Community Services

Adventist Community Services is the official community outreach ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist church. ACS serves the...

Our beliefs

Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.

Read more
180o My Story

Messenger

The Messenger is the official journal of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is published fortnightly by the British Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and printed by the Stanborough Press Limited.

Sabbath School

Church finder

Find a church near you or anywhere in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Search
Find a pastor More about church services