Read: Philippians 4:4-13
An author once wrote: “As a rule, man is a fool. When it is hot, he wants it cool. And when it is cool, he wants it hot. Always wanting what is not.” What an interesting observation on human nature! When we read in Phil 4:11, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” we wonder, ‘Can this be possible?’
Phil. 4:12-13 describes Paul’s response to life: “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. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” For Paul, his relationship with God superseded whatever he did or did not have. His contentment was not based on his circumstances, but on his relationship with Christ.
Paul says that contentment doesn’t happen overnight. It is something that we learn. As our relationship with God develops over time and through experiences, we learn to trust God more and ourselves less. Paul knew that Christ would give him the strength to persevere in whatever situation he encountered (Phil. 4:13).
No matter what you are facing today, through prayer you can receive the strength in Christ to be content. True contentment can only be found in Jesus Christ, and not in anything or anyone else.