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    Bible Study: Is God Enough?

    How would you respond if you lost everything–all the things you own, your friends, family and even your health, similar to what Job went through? If you lost everything, would God be enough for you?

    Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:11-13).

    Philippians 4:13 is one of the most misunderstood verses in the Bible. Many people use it to say that as long as they love and trust God, anything they try will be successful–but that isn’t Paul’s meaning. We can see Paul’s meaning from verses 11 and 12, when he talks about all the different circumstances he’s experienced. Paul says he knows what it’s like to live poor and to live prosperous, to be hungry and to be full, to have abundance and to be needy. Paul is talking about contentment.

    Paul is telling us that his circumstances don’t matter so much because he is completely content with God. When he says he can “do all things,” it might be more accurate to our understanding to say, “I can survive any circumstance through Him who strengthens me,” because that’s what it means. When we are content with God, our circumstances don’t bother us quite so much.

    Honestly, I’m not sure that I can say this for myself. If I lost everything, I think I’d have trouble being confident that my relationship with God was enough. Maybe that’s okay, though; maybe the point is to deepen our relationship with God a little more with each circumstance we encounter until eventually we can say, like Paul, that we’re “content in whatever circumstances we’re in.”

    Girls, what do you think? Is God enough for you to be content in any circumstance?

    Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

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    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    5 COMMENTS

    1. I’ve found that through my experiences I am content with where I am. God put these trials in place to bring me closser to him. Though I haven’t lost everything, I have lost a lot. But through that, I have learned to trust on God more. So, for the most part, I am content in whatever circumstance I’m in.

    2. I need to work on this. I have not lost everything like Paul did, but I sure have lost a lot. Three years ago our house burnt, and we lost many belongings. My family has learned to be more content with what we have, but at the same time, we often take for granted what we have. A year after, my grandma died from a long battle with Alzheimers. Shortly after that, my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer. He is still alive, but has not come to terms with God. We are trying our hardest to bring him to God before he leaves this world. Many other trials have come our away all at once (or so it seems). Please pray for direction and healing and a sense of peace. Thank you so much! Your prayers mean the world to me!

    3. To be honest, I’m a “baby” Christian. I don’t have the strongest faith and the greatest amount of trust in God. That’s not to say that I’m not working towards being able to rely on God in all circumstances, because I am. I’m learning that it’s a process. That being said, I’ll admit that I would be absolutely devastated if I lost everything. Like Jenn said, I don’t think I could be confident in my relationship with God. But that’s at the moment. In the future, I hope things will be different.

      In my life, I’ve lost so many friends, and I have never been content with being alone. God is telling me that I need to stop being dependent on others for my happiness and to depend on Him for joy.

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