The Secret To Being Content
“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.”
Paul says he learned the secret of being content in any and every situation. Don’t you wish you knew that secret? If you think about it, you probably do because the next verse is a very popular one.
“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”
This verse is often isolated and used to inspire. Many times in my life I’ve thought of this verse when times were hard and what was in front of me seemed impossible. It’s the type of encouragement that gives us strength and builds us up. You might say it before having to speak before a crowd or before you go into a difficult conversation with someone. You might recite this verse before you take a test or have a meeting or at the base of a mountain (figurative or literal) before you begin the climb. But I cannot think of a time when I recited this verse when I was feeling discontented.
Discontentment is a recurring problem for me. When bills come due and the bank account is small. When I see friends and family on vacations that really aren’t all that expensive but are still far out of my family’s price range. When the Internet company raises the price…again. Every time I look at the paycheck. I can feel discontented quite a bit and Philippians 4:13 never enters my mind. And yet this is the exact context in which Paul writes these words—and Paul faced much tougher situations than most of us have or will.
So let us remember the next time we are feeling discontented: the secret to being content in any situation is knowing that we can do all things through Christ because Christ gives us our strength. If we rely only on our strength, we will fail, we will experience frustration, we will feel discontented, but we can do this, because Christ gives us strength.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.