Today’s Scripture: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5
Fervent prayer by the local church resulted in Peter’s miraculous delivery from prison. Whereas at Philippi, the great earthquake shook the prison and resulted in the jailer’s salvation– however, Paul’s Roman citizenship ultimately brought him out of incarceration. After three days of prayer, Ezra was granted the miracle of safely returning to Jerusalem absent any armed escort, while Nehemiah, who was no less a man of prayer, traveled under the protection of the king’s bodyguards.
Throughout the Scriptures, we find a variety of answers to prayer. Some answers are miraculous and some are mundane. At times, God provides a miraculous healing, while other times God provides sufficient grace for the longstanding trial.
As human beings, it is easy to compare our circumstances to the situations of those around us. It is natural to wonder why God does not provide the same miracle to everyone. We must take care, however, that our natural wonder does not turn into envy and covetousness against our brother.
The exercise of humility leads us to accept that God’s ways are not our ways. Neither are God’s thoughts our thoughts. Whereas we can only see one finite, temporal point in time, God sees all of eternity. Thus, He knows the way to answer our prayers to provide the best benefit for our Christian life. We can comfort ourselves knowing God loves us, He will never leave us nor forsake us, and that He is working all things together for our good.
Christian, be content with such things as you have – in terms of physical possession and spiritual answers to prayer. Trust God to handle your situation correctly, and you’ll find peace and contentment previously unknown.
Devotional by Pastor C.J. Armstrong