Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. Philippians 4:11
Have you ever struggled trying to gain contentment? It seems like I am always after the next great accomplishment or latest convenience hoping to find real contentment. Maybe if I get the “just released” smart phone, or the new luxury vehicle? I finally realized that it doesn’t matter what it is, things and goals will never bring contentment. Oh, maybe I will have a sense of satisfaction for a while, but it is just a fleeting feeling. The truth is contentment isn’t a feeling that can be satisfied by something, someone or some achievement. Contentment is a state of being. It is a posture of peace that can only be attained by putting your trust in your Heavenly Father.
In today’s scripture, Paul talks about contentment. He says that he has learn that no matter what the circumstances are, he is at rest knowing that God is leading him and providing all his need. Paul said that he knows lack and he knows abundance, but what he focuses on is that he can do anything through the power of Christ Jesus who strengthens him for every situation. I like the way this verse is worded in The Passion Translation, because it says: “For I’m trained in the secret of overcoming all things, whether in fullness or in hunger. And I find that the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty.” Wow! That’s a good word! True contentment doesn’t come from the security of finances, it doesn’t come from the promise of no trouble ahead and it doesn’t come from taking a sigh of relief at the end of a great battle. True contentment is only in the one who hold your life and future in His hands and trusting Him to take you through whatever is coming up next.
This is good news in our world today. We are on the verge of something new and unpredictable almost constantly. Who knows what is coming up next? The good news is that He does and He also knows that if we trust Him, He will get us through and not just barely. He will bring us through every struggle, crisis and obstacle to great victory every time. 2 Corinthians 2:14 says: Now thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. Knowing that God will always give us the victory and trusting Him to get us through no matter what we face is the only way to find complete peace and contentment!
Today I want to encourage you to think about contentment in your life. Where does yours come from? Consider the things you have obtained thinking they would fulfill the need inside of you for completeness. Then think about what Paul said concerning his circumstances for the solution of contentment. Lastly, keep this promise in your heart: You can do all things through Christ who gives you the strength to do them. That means, whatever comes your way, His power gives you the strength to get you through to great victory. That is where your true contentment is.
Today’s scripture reading: Philippians 4:10-14