“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 all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:12 -13, NIV, 2011).
Contentment seems to be an illusive state, but one for which we all long. For a brief period, contentment seems possible when everything is going well, or when we have everything we always wanted, or when we forget to be jealous of others’ lives. We think we have grasped it, yet it slips through our weak and tired fingers once again. However, contentment is possible through Christ.
Contentment is a decision based on the character of God and power of the Holy Spirit. Contentment is believing that God is good, faithful, and true in the midst of chaos, confusion, and despair. Contentment is pleading for, leaning on, and relying upon the power of the Holy Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, instead of feelings and circumstances. Contentment is rejoicing and worshipping even though I don’t have everything I want or think I need. Contentment is resting, trusting, relying, and believing that He is ENOUGH and will be enough in everything and through everything. Like a Rwandan woman who lost nearly everything in the Rwandan Genocide may we say, “For this, I have Jesus,” (Our Daily Bread, October 23, 2015, Marion Stroud).
“I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am “(Philippians 4:12 -13 , The Message, 1982).