11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. - Philippians 4:11-13
God wants us to learn how to be content and trust Him in every circumstance, but this training is challenging and requires us to endure many hardships. On some days, I am pretty content, and on others, I cry out to Him and He comforts me. Knowing that He hears and encourages me strengthens my peace and contentment, allowing me to continue through the day.
By definition, contentment means to be completely satisfied with our circumstances. When we are content, we do not want for anything, but simply accept things as they are. This means we accept our current financial situations, our relationships, our jobs or careers. It doesn’t mean we don’t lift up requests to God about places we would like to see Him work, but it does mean at the end of the prayer, we are willing to accept our circumstances exactly as they are, without feeling anxious or fearful, angry or bitter, discouraged or defeated.
Those are much easier words to type out than they are to live out. In every circumstance in my life, I must accept with contentment. Every circumstance - that means I must be content with every frustrating or anxiety producing moment and I must satisfied with every heart break and defeat.
So how do I find that contentment? I’ve found it by clinging to the promises found in scripture. The truths in His Word ease my mind and bring me peace, and singing His praises releases all of those pent up anxieties about the trials I am enduring. I know those sound like Christian platitudes, but it’s where I’ve found freedom from my lack of contentment. His Word has instructed me that discontent is grave sin, and He commands me to be content, but it’s more than that. His Word is filled with promises about His love and His plan for me, and His sovereignty and His goodness. I know He loves me and I can trust that He wants what is best for me. His sovereignty allows every circumstance into my life for a specific reason, so I can can m confidently trust that if I’m walking through it, He has a perfect plan for my good in it.
Hope is the power to be joyful in circumstances we know to be desperate, and it starts with contentment.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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