Endeavor to learn Paul's lesson
(James Smith, "The Pastor's Morning Visit")
"Be content with such things as you have." Hebrews 13:5
We may not always have what we desire — but we certainly have what our God thinks is best for us. Every mercy we have, is directed by His infinite wisdom and eternal love.
Let us therefore remember, that our God has chosen our inheritance for us, and it befits us to be content; yes, to be very grateful.
We have infinitely more than we deserve! We have more than many of our fellow-believers.
We have liberty — while the Apostles were shut up in prison.
We have a home — while many of the primitive Christians wandered about in dens and caves of the earth.
Our lives are safe — while the martyrs were burned at the stake.
We live in the sure hope of Heaven — while many are lifting up their eyes in Hell, being in torment!
Let us strive to be content with present things, and endeavor to learn Paul's lesson, "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."