Read: Philippians 4
Key Verse: “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.” Philippians 4:12
Have you spent more years of your life living in poverty or wealth? Would you describe yourself as a content person? Paul was making the point that contentment is not based on the amount of money in your savings account. Circumstances are always changing, so Paul attached his hope, peace, and joy to something much deeper. Contentment did not come easily or naturally to Paul, but he learned it through the help of Jesus Christ.
The Lord is the only One who can truly bring satisfaction. Turning your heart to Jesus is the only way to have a lasting contentment. God stirs you into action, helps you achieve goals, provides vision, and gives you longings for justice and improvements in life. All of this can happen, though, within the context of contentment. To be truly content is to get rid of all envy, jealousy, idols, and submit to God’s plans and timing. Surrender is an essential and worship increases contentment. Seek Jesus and your restless heart will find true peace.
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