“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 can do all this through him who gives me strength.” —Philippians 4:12-13
Being content means letting go of the circumstance and being satisfied where you are. Being able to live in the present, not worrying about the past or future problems but being calm in whatever comes your way and trusting that the Lord will take care of the rest.
This is a kind of strength that comes from a deepness in relationship with God. A trust in His sovereign will. A thankfulness and realization that the Lord has provided so much for you.
In dire situations, this is not an easy task. But with the Lord’s help it can be done.
In Acts 16, we can see this strength of the Spirit of God in action. Paul and Silas had been stripped and beaten in the street, then cast into jail with their feet in stocks. In what seems like an impossible situation to be content with, they begin to praise God!
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” —Acts 16:25
They are an example for us. Have a genuine and thankful heart, for you’ve been blessed with more than you know.