How do you be content, when you whole world is falling apart? When you have lost your job? You marriage is in ruins. You kids are acting fool. You have no money to pay your bills. You are sick with a terminal illness.
Yet the Word teaches us as Christians that we are suppose to be content all times. Timothy 6:6 says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” But how can you feel content and like you are gaining anything when you are losing everything?
It is easy to be content with everything is all good in your life, but what about when everything in your life falls apart? Sometimes we get so comfortable in our lives, that we forget that things don’t always stay the same. In 2 Corinthians 2:10 Paul says, "For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities.” In even in the midst that everything Paul with through, he always remained content. So how do we do the same?
Contentment is the attitude of accepting what happens in your life, whether good or bad, as God’s will for your life. It is the attitude of being satisfied and happy with whatever God provides and allows in your life. Being content means you don’t seek self-gratification. Instead, it means you are willing to give up your own self-desires to do God’s will for your life.
First we must understand that we live to do God’s will. Paul said it best in Romans 14:8, “If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” When you understand your life is not your own, but you live for Christ and that you are called to do certain purpose and will you alive on this earth, you will begin to understand commitment in different light.
1 Corinthians 7:17 says, “Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him” God assigned each and every one of us a purpose to fulfill while we are on this earth. It is when seek to fulfill own purposes, desires and wants that we began to feel discontent.
The key to contentment is trusting God in everything and every situation in our lives. I mean if we live and belong and to the Lord, can we not trust him to take care and provide for us while we are on this earth? Understand in Philippians 4:19 that “God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” God is your provider, your protector, your helper, your counselor, your everything.
The key to contentment is fully trusting God, in spite of what you are going through. The enemy loves to discourage us, make us feel that God is not there for us. That he will not come through for us. Once he has us feeling discontent, we will not want to carry all God’s will for our lives, we will focus on own selfish wants and needs. We become depressed and start looking at our situation, and stop walking by faith.
Sometimes as Christians, I think we forget that we have to pick up our crosses. We have to endure hardships. We have to go through storms. We have to face trials and tribulations. That is how we enter into the suffering of Christ. Being a Christian means we follow Christ, and if truly know Christ. Not just follow him, but know him we know even had to go through. Yet he went through and died on the cross for us, so we can even have this life.
Yet at times we can be so ungrateful, always asking and wanting for me. Never satisfied with what we already have. Never realizing there is always someone else who love to trade places with us, love to be in our shoes.
Paul tells in 1 Timothy 6:8, “But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” Some people don’t even have that.
One day we can be up at the top, and then next we came down on the ground. No other person on the history of this earth understood this better than Job in the Bible. He said in Job 1:21, “I came naked from my mother's womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!" In spite of everything he went through, constant torture from the devil, losing everything he had-he still praised the Lord and learned to be content in all things.
Today I encourage you to be content in every situation, in all circumstances. Remember you live and die for the Lord. Before we born he already pre-destined our lives. So everything we go through whether good or bad is pre-ordained. So remember the Lord can give it and the Lord can take it away. So I urge you whether you are up or down, be content in all things!
Today’s Scripture: “For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” Philippians 4:11