Learning Contentment

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Are you content? If you’re like many, your answer is obviously no! Contentment is something that Christians must learn, according to Philippians 4:11-13, where Paul candidly confessed, “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Are you content no matter what circumstances you face? Paul had to learn how to be content when he had plenty and when he was in need. The secret was drawing on Christ’s power to strengthen him in every circumstance. Do you have great needs, or are you discontented because you don’t have what you want? Learn to rely on God’s promises and Christ’s power to help you be content. If you always want more ask God to remove that desire and teach you contentment in every circumstance. Use Proverbs 30:8-9 as a prayer, “Keep deception and lies far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is my portion, that I not be full and deny you and say, “Who is the lord?” Or that I not be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God.” Ecclesiastes 5:10 says, “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity.”