He who did not spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how will he not also with him freely give us all things? Romans 8:32
While we need to be content when we are in the presence of too much, we also need to be content when we encounter something which threatens to take away what we have. Persecution and deprivation test the purity of our faith, which is more precious than gold. The threat to strip us of what we value in this world is Satan’s attempt to cause us to disbelieve God’s willingness or ability to deliver on his promises, so that we “worship and serve the creature, rather than the Creator.” Wisdom dictates that we look back to Gethsemane and the cross. They prove God’s ability and willingness to do whatever is necessary to put us in a position to experience his love forever. Convinced of this we will not grumble or complain as the Israelites did on the way to Sinai. Nor will we be like Demas and leave the faith because we love the world. Instead, we will be like Job who blessed God when he stripped him of everything he owned, and like Ecclesiastes, who said, “God made the day of adversity.”
This is the day you have made, O Lord. When it seems more full of the adversary than of you, I find it difficult to be content. Bring to mind Christ’s death for me, so I will rest in the certainty of future grace. Amen.