Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 4, 2019

“patient in adversity; thankful in prosperity” – “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”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 22:35-38.

“And He said to them, “When I sent you out without money belt and bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?”  They said, “No, nothing.”  And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one.  For I tell you that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me, ‘AND HE WAS NUMBERED WITH TRANSGRESSORS’;  for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment.”  They said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.”  And He said to them, “It is enough.”  Luke 22:35-38.

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Jesus points to two very different times.

One time represents prosperity.  ““When I sent you out without money belt and bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?”  They said, “No, nothing.”

The other time represents adversity.  “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one.”

Q. 27.  What dost thou mean by the providence of God?

A.  The almighty and everywhere present power of God, whereby, as it were by His hand, He upholds and governs heaven, earth, and all creatures;  so that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, yea, and all things come, not by chance, but by His fatherly hand. 

Q. 28.  What advantage is it to us to know that God has created, and by His providence doth still uphold all things?

A.  That we may be patient in adversity;  thankful in prosperity;  and that in all things which may hereafter befall us, we place our firm trust in our faithful God and Father, that nothing shall separate us from His love;  since all creatures are so in His hand, that without His will they cannot so much as move.  Heidelberg Catechism.  

The concluding verse represents that even in adversity, we can be patient and content with what God provides.  “They said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.”  And He said to them, “It is enough.”

“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.


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