What Do I Have?

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 30, 2018

"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances… I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation." -Philippians 4:11-12

“All I need, I already have.” Do you believe that statement? It is one I have wrestled with in recent days.

What do I have? Well, I don’t have use of my hands, legs, or the sense of touch to feel Ken’s embrace. But I do have a voice, a wheelchair, and a husband who loves me. And that, according to the Lord, is all I need. For if there was anything more I needed, he would have given it to me.  Am I using what I have?  God never gives us a task without supplying the need. His command never comes without empowerment. Am I prepared to lose what I have? This is the litmus test of contentment. Despite Job’s agony, he declared, “Though he slay me, I will hope in him” (Job 13:15). He was prepared to believe, even to the point of death. To be honest, when I think of the future, I sometimes get scared. I know my good health won’t last forever. But my calling is not only to abandon my future wants, but to trust in God and hand over what I already possess. Am I ready to receive what I do not have? Well, my friend, it’s not as though I’m looking to “enlarge my borders” like Jabez, and expand my spiritual territory. I’d just be happy if God would simply make my heart larger, to receive more of his peace and joy.

All you need, you already have. What do you have? How long has it been since you did a thoughtful inventory of your possessions? The secret of contentment is wrapped up in simple gratitude for what God has already provided you.

Taken from Joni's Pearls of Great Price devotional.

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Timely encouragement. Thank you for sharing. I needed this today.
  • Nov. 1, 2018
  • 4:57 a.m.
  • Donna Williams
Thank you! God is so amazing and faithful to us.
  • Oct. 31, 2018
  • 8:30 p.m.
  • Rachel
Joni, I love your outlook on life. You are so inspiring. I've followed you since we were both young, and I am always blessed by your determination to dedicate your days on Earth to the Lord Jesus!! My BD is Feb 1, 1949. I'm guessing we are close in age. I never had a sister but I claim you.
  • Oct. 31, 2018
  • 5:59 p.m.
  • Dorothy Parsons