Philippians 4:11-13 I do not speak because I have need, for I have learned in whatever state I am to be content. 12 I know both how to face humble circumstances and how to have abundance. Everywhere and in all things I have learned the secret, both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things because of Christ who strengthens me.
The Apostle Paul makes a powerful declaration of truth when he said “I have learned” to be content in whatsoever circumstance i may find myself”, be it bad or good, plenty or in lack because he knew that contentment lies not in what he had or even who he was, but in WHOSE HE WAS, therefore he was able to boldly proclaim that he has learned.
The secret of this learned behavior is the fact that Paul had a personal relationship with Christ that took his faith to a level of believing through Christ that He was able to do ALL things through Christ who strengthen him.
Contentment or satisfaction is a learned behavior that comes through repetition, which teaches us how not to be controlled by our circumstances but by the Word of God through the leading of His Holy Spirit.
The process of contentment is a slow, painful and difficult process that produces the fruit of the Spirit of God within us as we are learning to be content.
The Apostle Paul is a testament to this. He suffered one attack on his life after another even unto his death, but it was in those continual hard places of pain, suffering and persecution where he “learned” contentment.
Contentment, obedience and submission to God’s authority in our lives is only learned through suffering. As humans, this is the only thing that works for us unfortunately.
The problem with people today is that they do not want to go through nothing. They want to immediately go from salvation to the finish product of salvation without the process of sanctification. God does not work that way!
When we find ourselves in situations or circumstances where we have no control over them, that is a good place of not only learning how to be content, but also a place of total surrender of our will to God’s will so that we may find that satisfaction in all situations that Paul speaks about in this text.
Many people live day in and day out in discontentment. This not the will of God for His people. It is the Lord’s will that we learn to trust, lean and depend upon Him for security, assurance and sufficiency in ALL things.
Discontentment caused Adam to loose paradise. God had given him everything but it was not enough for he wanted what he was told he did not need.
What has your refusal to learn contentment caused you to loose, or better yet, gain?
I survive in this world that is full of evil and chaos through my faith in God through Christ Jesus in the good, bad, painful, happy and not so happy times.
Remember, Paul said it is through Christ who strengthens him to do ALL things and it is Christ who is also able to strengthen us to do all things.
What is “the secret to contentment in all things? A personal relationship with God through Christ Jesus.
Where are you at today mentally? Content or discontent?
As the songwriter says her secret to contentment is “faith” that finds her on her knees before the Lord her God..
Feeling discontent today? Get on your knees before the Lord your God.