Contentment In Every Circumstance

Photo Credit: Mikaela Hamilton

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

– Philippians 4:11                                                          

Contentment is key to living a good life, but contentment can be hard to find and it can be harder to keep.  Why?  Because life keeps changing.

Here is a reality check.  Your life is going to change.  The health you have today, won’t necessarily be with you tomorrow.  You and I are going to find ourselves in various situations.  We will have times of plenty and times of need.  We will have moments of joy and moments of sorrow.  We will have days when everything seems to go our way and days when nothing seems to go our way.

Because of this, our contentment can’t be tied to our present circumstance.  Most of us know this, but for whatever reason, we tend to forget this truth.  Here is how it works out.  We have a good day, so we feel content.  We have enough money to pay our bills, so we sleep well for a few nights.  But then our situation changes and so does our contentment.

When you and I tie our contentment to our present circumstance we are about as stable as a bowl of jello, which by the way isn’t good for us or our relationships.  So we need an anchor .  We need something that isn’t going to change or give way.

In the Bible we see that God is this anchor.  When we are weak, he continues to be strong.  When we are in need, he continues to provide.  His love for us isn’t about to give way.  His promises to us aren’t about to change.  He is constant, so in every situation you and I can be content.  Not because our circumstances are good, but because God is constantly good.

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