“I know how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content- whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need.” – Philippians 4:12 CSB
In the world we live in these days, many people constantly want more and they want it fast. We live in a microwave-kind-of-speed society where people want to reach their goals quickly and meet their needs instantly. No wonder we have lost the art and secret of being content!
Some people, especially the Gen Zs, get a job and want to get to the top of the ladder yesterday, go from nothing or little experience to becoming CEO. Others want to build a business today and harvest the profits the following minute without sowing any seeds. And then, there are those who are single and in such a rush to be married that they fail to enjoy or fully embrace their current season of life and grow in it.
Whatever happened to being content? In Philippians 4:12, the apostle Paul shares how he was able to be content in any and all circumstances. He was not content when he had all he desired but he was content because he knew the One in whom he trusted. He knew Jesus and he knew him intimately which is why he was able to remain satisfied with what he had in his situations. Yet, he also trusted that better was on the way.
There is much that we can learn from Paul. The secret to being content is in knowing how to trust God in our current season, situation, and status while maintaining our joy in all circumstances as we continue to hope and expect God’s best. Those who know how to be content, know that there’s always something to learn and appreciate in every season and circumstance of life. Also, they know another important secret: there are great rewards and blessings that come with being content. Indeed, God rewards those who are faithful, expect, hope and wait on Him with the right attitude on this side of Heaven and on the other.
Being content does not nullify the fact that you desire something more or different from your current circumstance. It simply means that you are willing to make a conscious decision to be satisfied with what God has given you TODAY. If you are currently single, understand that being content in your singleness does not mean that you give up on your desire to be married someday. However, it does mean that you are willing to trust God with your present and your future while embracing where He has you right now.
What’s more, learning to be content will help you to be better prepared for what will come tomorrow. Understand that right now and for reasons only known to God, you are exactly where God wants you to be. Therefore, you can either get bitter and take charge of things on your own (to surely mess up), or you can be content by embracing your journey and let God direct you now and tomorrow.
Will you slow down and pause long enough to be satisfied with where God has planted you to grow? Let us all begin to learn and practice the art of being content knowing that through Christ who strengthens us, we have everything we need in the present.
Dear God, I thank you for showing me the importance of being content. Like Paul, I want to be able to say that I have mastered this art and know how to remain in joy in all situations. When I am tempted to have my way, move things faster or shift things in a different direction simply because I am unhappy with where you have planted me, please teach me to embrace the journey that I am on and learn to be satisfied with what you have given me for today. As I continue to wait on you, let me never forget to praise and thank you for all that I have today. Show me how to be content with where I am and with what I have, yet still believing you for a better tomorrow. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
1 Timothy 6:6-8
Philippians 4: 4;11-13