What lies ahead?
This past year was another challenging year financially for many people. Jobs were created, but the number of jobs needed to grow the economy significantly hasn't developed as much as some had hoped. Our economy has been on shaky ground for a lengthy period of time, and we have become a country politically divided on how to address our economic problems.
For example, some people love Obamacare, while others see it destroying our freedom of choice and our economy. Some believe in limited government whereas others think it needs to become larger to do more.
In addition to the economic and political challenges, our nation continues to engage in war in the Middle East and to defend ourselves against terror attacks here at home. Moral decay is likewise a concern for people of every community. All these things leave us uncomfortable and unsteady.
In the midst of these troubles, the Christian church has sought to be a fortress never failing, reminding people of Jesus' never failing love, and an Easter hope that is always present. We know that our Heavenly Father promises never to leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). This is our Father's world.
During these challenging economic, political, and moral times, it has become pretty easy to become discontented. But God does not want us to live in such a state. With God's help, we can find contentment. The Apostle Paul learned to be content even though he was at the point of death several times, shipwrecked, beaten, placed in prison, etc.
As God empowered Paul to be content, He will bless us in the same way (Philippians 4:10-13).
Regardless what lies ahead in 2014, may we all learn "the secret of being content" in the Lord and thank Him for all He gives us, especially His most indescribable gift, the gift of His Son, Jesus (2 Corinthians 9:15). Whatever lies ahead for us is secure in His love for sinful mankind.