Be Content and Trust God

Written by Becky Perkins

“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, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through him who gives me strength”  Philippians 4:11-13

In our elementary children’s department, you will see a word on the wall each month which informs the children and parents what the monthly theme is.  In November, the theme was “Contentment:  learning to be content with what you have”.  The basic truth for the month was “I can trust God no matter what”.  These are such wonderful truths to teach children from an early age as they encounter the struggles on a daily basis during elementary years so that they are able to carry these truths through their adult lives when the struggles are even bigger. 

In our early years of marriage, Wayne and I decided that I would stay home with the girls until they were both in school.  Then, I would look for something outside of the home and help out with the household income.  We lived in a small house and we did everything we could to keep costs low and budget very carefully.  I worked a quarter time ministry job at a church, with no office on church property, so I was able to work from home, and I taught fifty piano students a week.  Wayne was at the same time working two part-time jobs. Even though, this was our choice, there were very hard times for us to keep things afloat. 

I remember one time we really did not have much money in our budget to buy groceries because we had to order fuel oil for the winter months.  I called my mother and was grumbling and crying to her about our situation.  She said, “Rebecca Lynn, do you have flour, some eggs, some milk and other staples in your pantry”?  I said, “Yes, some”.  She said, “Go make something, be creative and be thankful”.  You see, my mother never lets things get her down, she is creative, and knows how to make things work.  She grew up during the last part of the Great Depression and WWII years.  People in her generation know how to survive and be content with what you have in life and enjoy the people around you. 

We are not much different from those Israelites grumbling in the wilderness after God did some amazing things for them while in Egypt and their escape from Egypt.  They wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, but God provided for them every step along the way.  When we read Exodus 16:2-21 and 17:1-7, we see how God provided manna and quail for them.  He not only provided what they needed when they needed it, but He also provided exactly what they needed and no more.  It was a true lesson in faith for them, because they were probably like me, who wanted to know the outcome in the future, not just for today. 

Sometimes, I can get so planned out in the future and worrying about what will happen, that I forget to be thankful for what I have right now.  I can get so focused on the future that I miss out on the wonderful things God has for me right now at this moment.  When I do not focus on right now and live in the moment, I worry and become powerless to survive the moment.  I must realize God has this moment and trust that He has it all in His hands; therefore, I can use His strength and be creative to do what needs to happen at this moment in time.  One of my most favorite hymns, which I sang to the girls when they were little is “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”, one of the lines in the hymn is – “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine with ten thousand beside!  Great is Thy faithfulness!  Great is Thy faithfulness!  Morning by morning new mercies I see.  All I have needed Thy hand hath provided.  Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!” 

3 Responses to “Be Content and Trust God”

  1. Harvey Cell says:

    Thank you for sharing your testimony Becky.God is Faithful!
    thank you for your service👊👍

  2. Jessica Carranza says:

    A wonderful reminder! Amen, Amen!

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