What comes to your mind when you hear the word content? What would you think it would mean or require for you to be able to be content? What does your contentment depend on? Some may say if they had all they needed they would be content. Others may say if they had all they wanted they would be content. And yet Paul’s message to the church at Philippi teaches us that it’s deeper than that and not about our physical situation but rather our trust in God and that we were created by Him and are in the palm of His hand!
‘I rejoiced greatly in the Lord, that now at last you have renewed your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned about me before, but you had no opportunity to show it. Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need. I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] Nevertheless, it was right of you to share [with me] in my difficulties. ‘Philippians 4:10-14
Let’s put our trust in God rather than our own understanding, acknowledging God and allowing Him to show us the path to take! Let’s trust God and lean into Him always, both in the good times and the bad times, during the highs and the lows, so that we stay connected to God rather than only running back when we get into trouble or face challenges! Let’s choose to learn and become content like Paul teaches his secret of being content no matter his circumstances: able to live humbly in difficult times and enjoy abundance and living in prosperity! The Amplified version we use above provides us the details that other translations may cause you to have to research when it shares: “be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy]”. That’s right to be content means we are leaning in on, trusting in, and walking in and with Jesus in every season of life! When we are able to live our lives content, we get an extra perk: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” or as the Amplified version says “I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]”.
So today, let’s take hold of this secret of life that will allow us to thrive because of and even in spite of our circumstances!
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Where are you at? What are you going through? How are you dealing with it? Who is helping and who is hindering? Why? Choose today to invite Jesus into your heart! Choose today to invite Jesus into your life! Choose today to invite the Holy Spirit to be your comforter and your guide to help give you the wisdom and discernment you need for the day and help to correct and direct the path you are walking down today!