GOOD COMPANY IN A DUNGEON

GOOD COMPANY IN A DUNGEON

Phil. 4:10-11 ¶ But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.

The most amazing thing about The Lord to me is how He can change the most unpleasant circumstances by just being there. Paul was describing being content in whatever circumstances he found himself in. Those words were written during his imprisonment, these are not the kinds of words we normally associate with imprisonment. Paul had a friend who was with him everywhere. Actually, when Paul was saved from a mob and imprisoned in Jerusalem, Paul said that The Lord “stood with him” while he was incarcerated. Paul was content because his contentment was found in Christ Himself. Charles Spurgeon speaks about being sustained and content even in adversity. Check this out.

“He who is a believer in Jesus finds enough in his Lord to satisfy him now, and to content him for evermore. The believer is not the man whose days are weary for want of comfort, and whose nights are long from absence of heart-cheering thought, for he finds in religion such a spring of joy, such a fountain of consolation, that he is content and happy. Put him in a dungeon and he will find good company; place him in a barren wilderness, he will eat the bread of heaven; drive him away from friendship, he will meet the friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

I often think fondly of the weeks after Katrina hit New Orleans. Now don’t get me wrong, these were very difficult days, but that is part of what made them so special. Parris and I had evacuated and when we returned to New Orleans our neighborhood was not open. Our neighborhood and our house had been flooded. During the months that passed before we could return home The Lord not only provided for us, He walked with us in a very real and unusual way. I never saw Him like Paul did, but I have to say The Lord stood with me. If we were honest, we have to admit that our hardest times often hold the fondest memories. It is in those times we experience the famous words “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness”.
So as I write these words I remember His hand upon me when I planted trees in the mountains for seven months in 1975 and 1976, He was that friend that sticks closer than a brother to me. I remember how He visited me with waves of joy in 1994 when I was being crushed by the financial crisis at our church, He became my joy unspeakable, my pearl of great price. He was sufficient in the crisis called Katrina, He was my constant companion in the mountains of Washington State, and He was my exceeding great joy when all hope was gone. Today, He is and can be all that and more in your life.

7 Replies to “GOOD COMPANY IN A DUNGEON”

  1. So many scriptures come to mind as I read this blog. Of course being a child of God is a prerequisite to this experience Paul describes. At salvation things begin to change at an unprecedented rate. Then as we yield to Him allowing Him to cultivate our relationship with Him, He begins to reveal more of Himself to us. During this process we begin to see our circumstances yet more completely than the unbeliever. I like to say I see through my circumstances. Many times as craziness came into my life, I turned to the best help I know and POW. I cannot say it always worked out as I expected but through it He strengthened my faith and became that which over-shadowed all. Once He got me there people REALLY called me crazy!

  2. we all get our fun times in one form or another, when it happens to unbeleivers they get bitter sometimes. with Christ He makes us better for him, n ot bitter, we may not like it at first but then we see more on what the Lord is doing in our lives by teaching us to trustg be content paul said he had to learn this, to be content, he just didnt get this way overnight but He saw fruit and it built up trust and character in him, Im amazed at pauls life a true man of gGod, he stated he wasnt perfect but he yeilded himselve to Gods will in his life and became content in all, The Lord changed Him into being this way by paul being faithful putting the Lord first out of his love for Him.

  3. Amen!!! Love what Pastor Parris said Friday night it a win! Win! With Christ! And what courteny sang a few Sunday nights “if he brings up to it, he will bring us through it!:) praise the lord!

  4. I JUST WANT TO SAY PRAISE HIM AND I LOVE YOU .THANK YOU FOR SAVING ME AND BEING THE CLOSEST FRIEND I ALWAYS HAD WITH ME AND DIDN’T KNOW IT ALL THESE YEARS, BUT NOW I HAVE FOUND MY FIRST LOVE AGAIN AND I AM YOURS

  5. My chains are removed and its all because of my precious Jesus, my friend my everything. Make me move Holy Spirit. Show me where to go where to move. Use me.

  6. I am drawing more courage and strength to serve the Lord no matter what the consequences. If I am obeying the still small voice of the Holy Spirit, He promises to be with me. God is so Awesome. What a Friend I have in Jesus.

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