|Posted on May 14, 2019 at 5:55 PM|
Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. Philippians 4:11
“I have learned to be content” Paul writes. In other words contentment is not something I am just naturally born to be, it is something I have to decide to be, learn to be. Content is defined as a state of peaceful happiness. Can you imagine going through life content. Being un-phased by whatever comes our way.
Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing let us be content. 1 Timothy 6:6
We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born. We can’t take our riches with us. Ecclesiastes 5:15
Though my situation has not changed I have weaned myself from the situation that was causing me discontentment. I have learned to accept things as they are because they cannot be changed overnight. I have learned to be content with the way things are today, knowing they weren’t as they were yesterday. Things aren’t exactly as I would want them to be but my joy has never been contingent on the way things are but who is with me. I have food and I have clothes what more could I want. I have more than I need for today and I am content even it is not with what I think I need, even when I think I need more to be content.
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you or abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5 *He said that in Deuteronomy 31:6, 8 and Joshua 1:5
God has not failed to keep His Word or failed to keep any promise He has made to me. Even my ancestors in 1 Kings 4:20 were described as being content with just plenty to eat and drink. Solomon warned in Ecclesiastes 1:8 “Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.” His advice was “be happy” in Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.
Jesus once said in Matthew 8:20 and Luke 9:58 “the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” Yet even he was still content to just be in whatever situation God had him in. Everything he became was so that I might become. And being content, in a peaceful state of being is what he would want of me. That even if things aren’t as I would prefer them to be that I can be content trusting in God and knowing that He is still with me and He will complete the work He began in me, even if that means I am not made complete today I can be content with the progress already made.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6