The Contented Life
I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. (Philippians 4:12)
Paul learned how to live a contented life. Contentment is not the state of never expecting an increase. It is the decision to be at peace no matter what life throws at you.
Paul had been up and down. He was brought to his lowest point, and he had exceeded expectations, and through it all, he was content.
Your status should never define your significance. Regardless of how others saw him or the position he held in a community, Paul was content and at peace because he knew that he was following God.
Paul went on to explain that the locale or current task didn’t matter. He wrote that everywhere and in all things, he was content. It doesn't matter what neighborhood you currently find yourself in or what part of the world you may be. Paul was content in Christ.
Wherever Paul was, he explained that he was content - whether he was full or hungry, living in constant blessing or needing to believe for God’s provision. Who was instructing Paul? The Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost will teach you all things, and one of the greatest lessons He will teach us is contentment in a world that is never satisfied.
Practical Application – You may be reading this and feeling dissatisfied. You need to say this out loud every morning, “I am content where I am today.” Roll all of your care over on God and watch Him promote you to better things.
2 Corinthians 11:26; Acts 28:10