The state of being contented; satisfaction
So as a believer, the word of God says, godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. (I Timothy 6:6-8) So besides having clothing on our backs and something in our belly there is nothing else that we need. I’m guessing most of you reading this have both of those things so you’re content, right? What would life look like if we really lived this? If I really lived this? How different would life be? For all of us.
So how do we “get contentment?”
The apostle Paul reveals what he calls the “Secret to contentment,” in Philippians 4:11-13…”I’m not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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.
And he’s letting us in on his secret. The thing that he learned by going through…a…lot. The victory of knowing no matter what the situation, no matter how bleak the outcomes, the terminal diagnosis, the pink slip, the wrongful punishment, the rightful consequence, the predicament, no matter how grievous the betrayal, no matter how lonely the dark hours of the night, no matter how hurtful the rejection…No matter how joyous or plentiful. Paul even mentions the prosperous seasons, times when we can tend to think we are on cruise control in life when actually those times can cause a lot of pressure as well and what the word refers to as a continual lust for more. Through it all, through Christ we are given strength. He is not only our peace and our joy and our salvation he is our strength and our contentment is in him. Period. End of story.
How many times have I thought, “If I can just get thru…. (name it) ….then things will slow down, be better, then I’ll be happy, people will be happy…and there is always another hump to go over or the next thing to get thru…We just need to let the distractions be cut off like a carrot dangling in front of us as we furiously run on the hamster wheel of life and get off the wheel and sit still. Still enough to listen to Jesus. Just Jesus. Not our mind chatter, not other opinions; even Godly opinions, not anything but just quiet ourselves before a Holy and Perfect God, seeing our frailness and seeing his vast unlimited power and strength. Fear might be our first reaction to be in his presence but as that fear transforms into a holy honor and respect we realize we are there. In His prescence. With Him. And that strength that He has is ours because he gives it freely to us as our intimacy with him binds our soul tightly to our Great Soul Lover. And it is there, in these moments, that humans all throughout history have been marinated and lavished with the strength they need for whatever they are facing. It is there that we have the great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us to find victory no matter the circumstance. The stoning of Stephen gives a beautiful example of contentment even in the face of death…Acts 7:59,60 ”And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep. Stephen was finding his strength not in his circumstance but in his Savior who gave him the strength to face even a painful and hideous death without fear. So how does this apply to my life your life? Are we spending time in the presence of Jesus? Are we still before Him waiting on Him to fill us with the strength he longs to give our small human souls to face the battles of this life? Will we take on the Word of God as truth and believe that we can do all things through Him; Jesus himself giving us the strength? As we do how will life change? Maybe not our circumstances and situations but how will our responses take a 180 turn from fear and worry to satisfaction and contentment.
The state of being contented; satisfaction