Justin Tucker, LHBC Worship Pastor
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
You are Jireh, You are enough
Jireh, You are enough
And I will be content in every circumstance
You are Jireh, You are enough
Earlier this year the worship band from Elevation Church and Maverick City Music released “Jireh” from their collaborative album, Old Church Basement. These two worship collectives recorded the song just days after Maverick City’s Chandler Moore had lost everything he owned in an apartment fire, making the song’s message of God being enough for us an even more powerful testimony and song of worship.
In Hebrew, the name Jehovah Jireh means “the Lord is Provider.” The moment I heard “Jireh,” God drew me to what Paul wrote to the church in Philippi. The lyrics of “Jireh” and this passage in Philippians 4 remind us we can be content in every circumstance because, in God, we have His presence, His power, and His provision.
Paul certainly knew about loss. When he put his faith in Christ he lost his position in the religious hierarchy of the Jewish synagogue. Because of his preaching he was stoned, beaten, chased out of towns, shipwrecked and wound up in prison. Even though all of these things happened to Paul, he still was able to say that he was content. How could Paul be content? His contentment did not come through will power or the power of positive thinking. It was Jesus Christ who enabled him to be content. The secret of Paul’s independence was his dependence upon Christ. His self-sufficiency in reality came from being in such a close relationship with Jesus, who is all-sufficient. Earlier in this letter, Paul explained that the most important thing in life was to center on Christ. Contentment is a fruit of doing that.
We’re all going to struggle and we’re all going to face losses in life. The question that we all have to answer is “Is Christ my source of strength and can I be content in Him when I go through struggles?” If you’re struggling today, lean in to Jesus. Find contentment in Him. Get close to Him, give Him your struggles and trust that they aren’t lost on Him.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, let me find my contentment in You in the craziness and messiness of this world. Lord, I know that every situation and every circumstance that I face is nothing in comparison to You. Jesus, you are enough. If I have nothing else, I know that I will always have You. Thank you for that promise. In Your Name, I pray. Amen
MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Psalm 66:5- Come and see what God has done:
he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.