The Secret of Being Content

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In Philippians 4: 12-13, the Apostle Paul says that he knows what it is to be in need and he knows what it is to have plenty…and that he has learned the secret of being content whatever his circumstances.  To me, that is such a profound statement.  Paul is saying that no matter what is going on in his life, good or bad, that he is okay.   As I have heard this scripture over the years, I always wondered, what the “secret” was.  Can you imagine, that if we all could be content despite the circumstances of our life…that would be amazing.  Paul endured hunger, suffering, imprisonment—and yet, he says that he was content even in those situations.  If we only knew what the secret was then we too could be okay even in the midst of all the issues and problems that we confront.  I have wondered for years what the secret was and not long ago, I realized that the answer to the secret is in the following verse where Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.  Paul’s great secret to contentment is that he KNEW that no matter what his life circumstances were that the Lord would give him the strength he needed to make it through.  Because he had such great confidence and faith that the Lord would be with him, Paul was then okay no matter what situation he found himself in.  The more faith we have in God and His willingness and ability to minister to our every need, the more content we will be too.  Even in this economy, we can say to ourselves, “God will make sure that I’m okay”.  In the midst of relationship difficulties and family problems, we can say, “God will help me through this”.  During the curve balls that life throws to us, we’ll know… ”With God, I’m strong enough to deal with this”.  Because of our faith, we can then be content.   Through his life, Paul has taught us something very valuable.  Life will not be perfect.  Paul was a great servant for God and even his life was filled with hardship.  If life was hard for Paul, a man of God, surely it will be hard for us too.   During those hard times, we must be content…knowing that God will give us the strength we need to make it through.

Carl

5 Responses

  1. Trish Says:

    Thanks for the good words, Carl. My husband and I are one of the families that has found itself with no income. I finally found a part time job, but it does not come close to paying all the bills. My husband is still searching after 2 months. We may have to relocate, which I was very much against at first. But I’ve realized that I didn’t want to move because of very selfish reasons. If God provides us a way to support ourselves in another state, then who am I to oppose him? Seems to me Peter said those words once! Thanks for the confirmation. I CAN do all things, including moving (again), through Christ who strengthens me. God bless. BTW, I really appreciate your ability to explain scripture and show how it applies to our lives.

  2. carole Says:

    Thanks…..contentment is one thing that i have been struggling with the whole of my life….all i do is envy that person…that friend,that realtive of mine….i mean its always been the same for me…..but today just one line in that phrase changed it all….if Paul was a great servant of God and his life was filled with hardships who am….Paul was content with his life…and he said i can do all things through Christ who strentghens me…..i know and i believe God will give me the stregth to pull through if i just put my trust in him….it all requires the right attitude to endure the grey skies in my life….jusst like the lesson for this week is teaching us…thanks for making this easy.God Bless.

  3. Siaw Joseph Says:

    May God richly bless you so much for the mystery you have revealed to us so far the secret of content is concerned.

    May God richly bless you so much for the wonderful work doing, Amen.

  4. rose Says:

    i finally found contentment since meditating on gods word every morning. thank you god

  5. Carey Says:

    Hi! Thanks so much for this posting. I am really trying to be content in my and any circumstances. I have lived my life always chasing after the next best thing, and have wound up just as empty as before and much more in debt. I actually had to file bankruptcy, because I was so ate up on making my life so great with material possesions, education, and wealth. I was raised very poor and swore I would never raise my kids that way, and where am I now, well not super poor but VERY budgeted, due to my extravagance in the past. I go to the store, and always tell myself, God will supply my needs, my needs, not the big screen tv, the clothes I don’t really need etc.. I have learned alot in the contentment area, that material possesions and money don’t make you content, they can actually make you restless because their is always someone that has a better car, more money, and are better looking. Who wants to compete with that. I’m just happy and honored to know Jesus and if I don’t ever have an over abundance of money or things I am just fine with that. Thanks!!!

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