Philippians 4:12-13 NIV 2011
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 of hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Paul’s ministry was fraught with physical brutality, antagonistic listeners and misinterpreted motives. He did not complain but rather was able to rejoice. 4:10, “I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at least you renewed your concern for me.” He continued to focus on what was right. 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is praiseworthy—think about such things.” He modeled settling for nothing less than what was God’s best; he was content. The secret of contentment lies in strength found in Jesus Christ.
In the world we live today the love of money drives most individuals. Hebrews 13:5, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” As a believer in Christ, my perspective differs from non-believers. We need money to live our lives but allowing that to be my focus keeps me from being content. Spending time in His presence daily strengthens my contentment.
Who needs to seek contentment in Him?
Strong in Jesus,