Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

Philippians 4:11


We are surrounded by a discontented society. People are always looking for something better than what they already have, even if they don’t need it. Advertisements and salespeople routinely offer us more channels on a TV than we could ever watch, more electronic gadgets than we could ever use, and more food than we could really eat. Yet we find ourselves accustomed to expecting more than what we need in order to feel like we are getting the best possible deal.

This reality of our culture has spilled into our spiritual lives. We have couples divorcing because they think their contentment will be realized as singles. We have singles who long to be married to the point of missing out on this season of their lives to be close to God. We have children who long to be free from their parents’ authority and parents who long to be retired.

Yet if we would really embrace contentment, we could experience a greater and deeper power of self-control and joy. Our happiness can’t be rooted in our marriage, children, work, singleness, or ministry. The power of contentment comes out of those who know that God is in control of their lives and is always working out things for their good.

Being content removes the fretfulness of trying to be like everyone else or only experiencing joy when everything goes their way. A contented woman in whatever season of her life can be used by God to accomplish her dreams and destiny in Him—nothing is impossible for her. True contentment comes out of a desire to accept life as God has ordained and not according to the dictates of the world.

Prayer

Dear Lord, I want to be content in this season of my life, even when everything seems more difficult than what I expected. I need Your Spirit to fill my heart with contentment every day. Amen.

In His Service,