Philippians 4:12

12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

The times were hard, the cupboard was bare, we had to eat the same thing
For each of the meals until someone came and in their hand did bring
Something a little different, a welcome change, but there’s no reason to complain
God had His plans, and we were to fit in – we gave thanks in Jesus’ name.

The garden was good; the fish did bite; the cellar was full of good food
Hunger wasn’t a problem; we had plenty to eat, and we understood
It’s not how much we have that makes us content, more important is what we do
God arranges things the best way possible until this life is through.

To see life and service from God’s point of view enables me to be a success
For He arranges things and expects my obedience to work things out for the best
When reaching the poor, I should adapt to accept their way of life
And if possible help in some way so they can see God’s true light.

It is hard to reach those who have everything but a satisfied mind
Hopefully they will listen to an equal who will tell what he did find
To meet the need of the inward person who has everything but peace
And can explain in terms they understand the riches of God’s grace.

It is not important what I have or don’t have; there is a lesson to learn
The frame of mind; the look on my face; the things for which my heart yearns
Is what people can sense when we stop to converse over things important to me
I am instructed to adapt to them, so God’s interest in them they see.

The Divine Teacher can instruct me how to act in each new situation
How to act when I’m full or when I am empty, how to handle deprivation
What is needed is for me, the student, to be more concerned about what I do
Than what I have or hope to be – how to see things through God’s point of view.

“Lately Father God, we have been full. It has been a long time since I have been hungry. Is this hindering me from bringing glory to Thee? Please help me every day to be what Thou would have me to be. I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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