Review Philippians 4:10-23.
Someone who is a thermometer reacts to what is going on around them; but someone who is a thermostat trusts in the providence of God, knowing that He’s in control of our lives.
I. Trust in the providence of God. In Philippians 4:11, Paul states:
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
God is continually active in the world to fulfill his purposes. Romans 8:28 states:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Sometimes, we are concerned with our comfort, but God is concerned about our character.
II. Depend on the power of God. See Philippians 4:13.
Sometimes, we wait and pray and God gives us the power. But oftentimes we get it by trusting and obeying. If it’s too hard for us, we should depend on Christ, as Paul did.
III. Rely on the promises of God. Philippians 4:19 states:
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
If our happiness is dependent upon people keeping their promises, we will never be happy. People will let us down, but God will never let us down. God makes and keeps promises.
Conclusion: Have contentment in Christ. Be a thermostat and not a thermometer.