Content in Whatever Situation

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content (Philippians 4:11 ESV).

Jesus reminds us that God cares for our daily needs (Matthew 6:25-34) and invites us to pray every day for our daily bread (Matthew 6:11; Luke 11:3).  God will take care of us.  Multitudes of saints have testified to God’s faithful provision.  David says in Psalm 37:25 that “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread” (ESV).  Corrie ten Boom learned, she says in The Hiding Place, to remember that the Lord owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 55:10) and that when she had need all she had to do was to ask him to sell one of those cows to meet that need.  That’s learning to trust God’s provision.

Paul declares in Philippians that he had learned the same trust.  It is a trust that recognizes the source of every meal, every article of clothing, every splinter of shelter, and every other good and pleasant thing (James 1:17).  It all comes from the heavenly Father who has promised to provide for us.  Contentment in every situation comes when we trust in this promise.  When we are willing to accept whatever the Father gives, we will be content, and our level of contentment will always be proportionate to our willingness to surrender to the Father’s will.

Be positive.  Count your many blessings today and see how God has provided for your needs.  Learn to be content with what you have “in whatever situation” (Phil. 4:11) by accepting God’s plan for you.  Then you will have deep satisfaction and lasting joy.

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