Philippians 4:12 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…
I took a deep agitated breath; I need a pair of black heels for an interview I have tomorrow, I already have the perfect interview dress, though I’d rather have on slacks. But wait my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus! This all I can think of after having prayed, telling the Father; I trust Him to provide. I’m trying, trying to learn how to be content. It’s just that it always seems as if there is something needed, or wanted. How can I get my soul to rest in the provision of Christ?
I’ve found solace in the fact that I am happily single, yet, I haven’t learned how to be content with no spouse. I’ve found peace with knowing God will provide my every need, yet I have to learn to trust His timing. It seems to me that being content is more than having enough and being satisfied with it, it’s having too little and yet maintaining your peace and trust in Christ and His ability to provide.
I’ve learned that part of life is disappointments, but the greater joys of life come not from what one possess but the peace, the relationships and most of all the simple joys that come from knowing there are others who love you despite your flaws or lack. Trusting that Christ is able and wanting to provide is key, I believe to contentment.
I truly believe the key is trust Christ, because when all of your hope and trust is in Christ, no matter the storm, you won’t be moved. I’ve found it easy to say I am content when I am full, but when I am half empty or totally empty is where my contentment is tested. Your trust relationship with Christ can only be strengthened by the abiding of His word in you and you in His word.
Hebrews 13: 5 tells us to Keep our lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” When you are discontent it shows the neglect of your love walk between you and the Father and the only area in your life that you should never be content with is lack of intimacy with Christ.
Although I don’t have those black heels in my possession, I have found an answer to beginning content; I’ve found a magnetic connection that pulls me closer to Him. The revealing of my lack of trust in Him breaks my heart and drives me to pursue a pure and true intimacy with my Lord. What I would have hoped to have left with you is that true contentment can only be gained through abiding in Christ.