LEARNING TO BE CONTENT

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:10-13

“I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:12,13)

Most of us realize this fact — contentment does not come naturally nor easily; it must be learned. Contentment is not based on one’s circumstances. It can never be found in material possessions or even temporary moments of happiness. Our deepest needs for security and significance cannot be satisfied apart from our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Contentment is developed through resolve and dependance. Paul said, “I can do all things.” He had the resolve to move forward. He had the resolve to be satisfied in times of plenty and in times of want. But the real secret of contentment is found in the rest of the verse, “through Him who strengthens me.”

I believe dependence upon Christ is the “secret” of learning contentment. When we learn to depend on Him in both the good times and the difficult times, we can find genuine contentment. Our ultimate contentment is found in our relationship with Jesus. In Him, we have security. We are safe in His hands and He will never let us go. And we also have significance through our relationship with Him. We are His workmanship. We are loved and accepted by Him. We are valuable and precious to Him.

The secret we must learn to practice is found in these words — “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

Lord Jesus, I confess that all too often I am not content. Forgive me for trying to find meaning and significance in anything or anybody besides You. Enable me to have the resolve to be contented in whatever circumstances I find myself in, as I learn to depend on You for the strength to do so.

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