I have learned the secret of being content (Philippians 4:12-13).
Circumstantial evidence can be misleading. Many an attorney has attempted to use the arguments of right place at the wrong time, or similarity of appearance, to try and sway the opinions of a jury and convict a man based simply on the considerations of circumstance.
In reality, their case is not built on hard facts. They are seeking to garner opinion using the manipulation of the pieces and parts of an event. Appearance and assumption are the tools they use to build a pseudo reality for their own agenda.
Paul understood human nature. Twice he made the statement, “I have learned to be content.” We have a tendency to ride the waves of circumstance, and often times to our own detriment. We can use appearances and assumptions, like a skillful prosecuting attorney, to create clouds of doubt, discontent, and over time, even depression.
On the other hand, Paul states that contentment is a learned skill. It is the ability to ignore the circumstantial and find lasting peace in the arms of Christ and the hope and everlasting salvation He brings. The circumstantial evidence may point to conviction, but the spiritual realities reveal everlasting security and God’s faithfulness.
You have the opportunity to live beyond your own circumstances and to help others do so as well. You have the position to expose temporary troubles based upon your experiences and knowledge of God’s character. What circumstantial evidence do you need to overrule in your own life? How can you help someone close to you see beyond the circumstantial case they have built against their own joy and esteem?
Written by Courtney Cash
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