I didn't say that non-Christians can't be happy or that they can't be content. Sure they can be happy...as long as life goes the way they want it to go. As long as our health is good, we enjoy our job, people love us and the sky is blue, anybody can be fairly content and happy.
But when life goes south
When friends desert you
When your finances are in the tank
When your health is failing
When your dreams are dashed
Even Christians have trouble handling those things.
And Jesus warned us that life can be like that. He warned us to avoid putting our treasures where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal. It's going to happen whether you're a Christian or not. Life can -- and will -- get difficult for everybody.
But there is a secret to being content when that happens.
Paul said: "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. (pause) I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Philippian 4:12
Paul had learned the secret to being content even when life went against him. And what was the secret of his contentment? The Secret was the Shepherd. "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."
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