by Marcia Clarke
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. Philippians 4:12 NIV
Looking back on the past two years, when our nation had no choice but to be still `the pandemic, I began to think about how much worse it could have been. Imagine arising one morning and everything was gone. Everything that you’d diligently worked for lost.
When the COVID-19 virus took over our lives, our lives turned upside down. We had to adjust to the loss of family or friends. Our children were educated through a computer screen. Families struggled with learning to communicate in limited space. We found ourselves experiencing things like depression, increased anxiety, worry, and fear. There was no telling when it would ever end.
The pandemic is a great example of how at one moment we can have it all and in the next lose it. Paul wrote, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty” (Philippians 4:12 NIV).
Paul was humbled by his experiences. He had learned to embrace both abundance and scarcity. To Paul, the only thing that mattered was his work in reaching out the God’s people. Despite his circumstances.
As I write, I am experiencing the harsh wilderness myself, waiting for the fulfilment of God’s promises. Ironically, my passion is to motivate others to trust and hope in God for all things. But honestly, I would love to fold up in a corner and cry day and night in hope that something would change.
Like Paul, I know that God will meet all my needs according to his riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). I need to remember that while I am working and waiting, God is working behind the scenes to move me through the wilderness to a place where I can drink in His refreshing presence and continual love. There is no drought in the presence of God, only water to restore your soul.
What about you? Did you lose something or someone during the pandemic? As we continue to experience inflation, job loss, and the likes, let us hold fast to the word of God and allow it to permeate our hearts. God provides in all kind of seasons. He is the way-maker and the promise-keeper. When all is lost, God, your compassionate God, will restore you, picking up the scattered pieces (Deuteronomy 30:3).
Let us not loose heart. Let’s not take anything for granted. We have so much to live for. Most importantly, let us live our lives for Christ.
Father, we give you glory and honor for your continual presence in our lives as we trust in you in and through all things. When tough seasons hold us bound, we look to you where all our help comes from. When all is lost, help us to remember that you are the God who restores in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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About the author: Marcia Clarke writes daily encouragement for meditation and spiritual enrichment. Writing to help people through difficult seasons is her greatest passion. She loves sharing encouragement and practical devotion through her daily blog and enjoys the practice of meditation, yoga, and daily affirmation to create balance in her life. Marcia is the author of Journey to Abundance with content-rich affirmation for your meditation experience. Marcia’s most recent book, Thirty Days of Grace contains prayer for every season. Visit her at her website for more information.
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