Let’s jump in together as we continue to pray toward being more like Jesus.
Contentment is elusive for many. If this balm of the soul could be bottled and sold, I have no doubt that it would be the most valuable commodity in the world. Mankind is desperate to have it’s heart and mind settled, to be at peace with what we have. Our sinful flesh, however, is stuck on “more”. Like cotton candy disolving on the tongue, nothing on this earth can fill the gaping black hole of discontentment.
Contentment only can come by way of the supernatural and it must learned. Listen to how the apostle Paul took hold of this fantastic gift:
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. (Phil. 4:11-13)
See the contentment university he’s attended?: “I have learned in whatever situation” “I know how to be brought low”, “I know how to abound”, “I have learned the secret of facing plenty and huger, abundance and need.”
Here’s shares with us the secret: “I can do all things through him (Christ) who strengthens me.”
Most who’ve memorized the sentence above apply it only when going through things that seem overwhelming. Yet, notice the context. He’s talking about contentment. “I can do all things”…..face poverty, face abundance, being brought low, hunger, abounding. In Christ I can face it all.
Reminding ourselves of our identity in Jesus daily is the remedy. In that faith there is a well of contentment that Jesus gives that shows us how to face poverty and abundance. I love this qoute from Matthew Henry, “A heavenly Christian, though he has little, has enough.”
We have everything we need in Jesus. If we need it, Jesus will provide.
It’s time to go class like Paul. Take some time in prayer and allow God to show you areas in your life where you might have allowed discontent to creep in. What are you facing right now? Being brought low or are you abounding in much? Ask Jesus to teach you how to be content right where you are.
I’m praying with you.