In this world today, many people are chasing what someone else has. We hear people say, “if I had this, or if I had that, then everything would be OK.” No matter how much “stuff” we acquire, it will never fill the desires of the flesh.
Philippians 4:10-13 says, “I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
We must be content in the Lord.
Contentment, according to Paul is something we learn, it doesn’t come instantly. I know you’ve heard someone say, “if only I could win the lottery”, or “if I could just get a raise”, or “man, if I had a truck or car like theirs.” These statements all assume that there is an easy and quick fix to being content. The fact of the matter is, there is only one way to be content and that is to learn it by understanding what contentment truly is.
Psalm 63:1-5 says, “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied, as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.”
That true contentment only comes from praising God each and every day no matter the circumstance in which you may find yourself. Contentment is understanding who God really is, and lifting your voice to Him simply because He deserves it.
This contentment doesn’t depend on worldly things like money or status.
1 Timothy 6:6-11 says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many grief’s. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.”
Paul was telling Timothy that chasing contentment through money or material items would only open him up to many temptations and could very well destroy him altogether. He went on to instruct him that he should chase things like righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. It’s through those types of things that you will come into complete contentment in the Lord.
In verse 13, Paul let’s us know how he is able to be content in any circumstance. He says, “I can do all through Him who strengthens me.”
You see, the secret to true contentment comes only through Jesus himself. So get lost in God and allow Him to bring you to a place where you are truly content.
God bless and have a great week in the Lord.
Wade Phillips is a local missionary and gospel singer with 3 in 1 Ministries.