Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 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. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.Philippians 4:11-13
In a few days, most of us will sit around a table with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving and then, before the food settles, many will start the planning for shopping on Black Friday. With that in mind, let’s consider the topic of contentment.
The dictionary definition of contentment is being “happy enough with what one has or is; not desiring something more or different; satisfied.” Still, contentment is elusive to most people because we are driven to achieve and acquire more and more, right?
In the passage above, Paul describes “the secret” to contentment. His message is very simple and straightforward:
- Contentment is not dependent on my circumstances (v. 11).
- Contentment is a learned state of mind or attitude (v. 11).
- Contentment is not found in having enough (prosperity) or too little (poverty) (v.12).
- The secret of true contentment is found is dependence on Christ (v. 13).
Consider those four points and ask yourself about your level of contentment. And remember that Paul “learned in whatever situation” to be content. It’s a process, but one we should be pursuing.