It might be our normal expectation to see “contentment” with those who have everything they need and want. In reality, those who have the most of this world’s possessions and accomplishments are the most unhappy and dissatisfied.
God gives us a picture of true contentment in a man who suffered more than anyone, apart from the Lord Jesus. The Apostle Paul makes this bold statement; “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). In a letter written later from prison, Paul said, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” (Philippians 4:11).
There is no magic formula for being content. As Paul discovered, it is a learning process that requires us to be trained by grace (Titus 3:11-12). If I were to try putting this concept into my own words, I would say that contentment is the resolve of heart to accept whatever circumstances God puts in my life knowing that He will be glorified through my submission and joy in His will. My weakness opens the door for God’s power to be manifested through me.
You may be struggling with this concept because of your circumstances. That is understandable. Let the Holy Spirit and God’s grace teach you the beauty of Christ in contentment.
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