Contentment. It is something which is missing in the lives of so many of us. We always seem to feel if we had more of this or less of that, then we would be content. If we only had a different spouse, a different boss, a different family, a different church, a different job, a different house; then we would be content. Or perhaps if we had more money, more "stuff", better health or better looks, then we'd be content. This list goes on and on. To tell you the truth, you could have all of those things and still not be content.
In his letter to the Church at Philippi, Paul writes:
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:11-12 (NIV)
How we love to talk about the blessings of God! How we love to testify of his goodness when we get that raise, when that chance we took turns out to our advantage, when we are healthy and strong and things are running smoothly at home. We declare... "God has blessed me! God is GOOD!"
Indeed, He has and He is. We lavish praise upon God and it is right that we should for He is God.
So, let's just suppose things suddenly take a nose dive. You lose your job, your stock is suddenly worthless, your child starts doing drugs and your marriage is crumbling. Let's suppose you are about to lose your home and then you learn you have an incurable, fatal disease or you lose a limb, become paralyzed or develop a disease such as Alzheimer's. Would you still be able to declare, even as your world turns upside down and crumbles, "God has blessed me! God is Good!"?
If your answer is no, then you have not yet learned the secret of being content. Paul tells us that secret in verse 13.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
This is the secret of being content. To know that regardless of your circumstances that God is God and He will give you the ability and strength to face anything... anything. Does this mean if you trust God you will get your house back, your job back, your spouse back, your health back, your money back and so forth? Perhaps... but perhaps not. That part is up to God. If you do, great but if you don't... remember, He will never leave or forsake you and in someway, somehow, God will give you the strength to run the race with patience... and it will be amazing!
You O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Ps. 18:28
This is such an important truth. Our contentment should never be based on things of this world, including important things like our health, but our contentment should always only ever be based on God.
Sister K, yes living in a country full of ambitions and wordly goals, many here are never contented. If only they will love the Lord more, we will love the world and its things less. May the Lord help us and help us to be contented in whatever state we are, to accept the will of the Lord and be contented. It's a gift to be contented!
Thanks for sharing
From Hwa Silverpen