“If only I could get that job, then I would be satisfied. If I could just be friends with those people, then I would be happy. Once I find “The One” and get married, then I will finally be content.”
The search for contentment in this world is a never-ending cycle that will never completely satisfy us. We spend so much time and energy chasing after these things and desires that we forget who we should really be chasing.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Sound familiar? You have probably heard this verse time and time again, but have you ever looked at the context? Philippians 4:13 is an answer to a question. Everyone is looking for it. The question: What is the secret to being content with my life?
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 13 I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11-13
Paul did not live a perfect life. His life was flawed and very difficult at times. Paul was actually in prison when he wrote Philippians, yet he continued to serve God with an inexpressible joy. Throughout his experiences in life, he understood that Christ was the essence of what he needed most. He explains that it doesn’t matter where he is, whether it be in prison or the church in Philippi; his strength will always be found in Christ.
The word “content” from a Biblical viewpoint is not just a passive willingness to put up with whatever comes, but an essential, living, active strength to overcome and conquer through the power and grace of God! Contentment is found in Christ. Satisfaction with your life is found in serving a loving God. The peace that true contentment provides cannot found be anywhere else.