A brief discussion about learning to be content.
In Philippians 4:10-20, Paul points out that it is important for us to learn to be content. We should be content when things go our way, as when we have much; and when things do not go our way, as when we have little (vs. 11&12). Furthermore, our focus should be on Jesus Christ as the source of our strength. This is true whether we are being blessed with riches, or we have to rely on others in our time of need (vs. 13).
Also, Paul describes how God provided for him through the Philippians (verses 14-20). In addition, he expresses his appreciation for their support. The Philippians supported him when others did not. As in Paul’s case, we should thank those who help us in our time of need. This is especially true since we don’t always know through whom God will work in order to meet our needs. Yet, we can be sure that God will meet our needs. The key here is “needs,” and who better knows our needs than God.
Learning to be content does not mean that we can’t seek to improve our current situation. It does mean that we must have balance as we seek to improve. We shouldn’t be so focused on improvement that we fail to thank God for our current blessing(s). Lacking proper balance, our pursuit to improve may lead us to be ungrateful for our current blessing(s) from God. This would be a great mistake on our part as Christians.
Needless to say, learning to be content places a demand on our faith. Faith is the key to a successful journey with Jesus Christ. Faith will allow us to handle any evil (Ephesians 6:16). We have merely to step out on faith and trust God. All of us should pray for God to increase our faith, so that we can be content even as Paul was content.
Finally, re-read Philippians 4:10-20. Next ask yourself, “In my current situation, am I content as Paul was content?” If not, then ask, “Can I learn to be content as Paul was content?”