Trust and Be Content

by Pat Bentzel

2021 was not an easy year for my husband and me because of Covid and health problems. When Covid caused our nation to shut down all stores and industries, I thought, “Lord, what is happening?” So many questions ran through my mind! I was concerned for our security and our lives.

God said, “Have faith.” And He reminded me to be content in all things. 

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7 NIV)

As the days went on, we trusted God. Then the unthinkable happened later in the summer as my husband was diagnosed with esophagus cancer. I think we were both numb from the news. But through God’s Word, we were reminded again to trust God and be content. The only thing that carried us through the treatments was our faith in Jesus Christ our Savior.

We give God the glory for what He has done and what He will do for us in the future.

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 and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Philippians 4:12 NIV)

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