Reading: Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” Philippians 4:11

Hungry saints are often undiscerning saints; they are so hungry for a spiritual experience that they will take anything and wander into spurious spiritual experiences. They strive for gifts that they cannot have, and that are not the “best gifts” (1 Corinthians 12:31). Some believers spend their life aspiring to the blessing that they have seen in someone else’s life rather than enjoying the blessing specific to themselves. I want what Edwards had, or the power that Spurgeon had, or Whitefield, or the Wesley brothers.

Don’t get me wrong, we should desire revival, and pray for it. However, the desire for revival or the lack of revival—either personal or corporate—should never hinder our immediate responsibilities or our current enjoyment of the Holy Spirit.

Witness and discern the power of God in the suffering he brings us, or the illnesses he provides, in which he manifests his peace. Enjoy the power of God in the contentment He gives when circumstances seem to be against us or we think we are in need. This is the power of God that enabled Paul to be the mighty preacher and missionary that he was and that also enabled him—and us—to live with contentment in the hard times.