Timeless truths from Philippians 4:11-12.
“If only…. I had a little more money, I had the corner office, I was married to %#^$, I didn’t take this job, I lived there, I… THEN I’d be happy.” Many people spend their entire lives never satisfied. It is really understandable. Companies spend billions telling us why we can’t be happy without their product!
The Apostle Paul teaches us that contentment is learned. You don’t wake up one day in a state of contentment that lingers the rest of your life. You learn contentment. Or at least you can learn contentment. How? As you go through life’s experiences, the ups, downs, sideways, highs, lows, plenty, poverty, popular, lonely, you learn that contentment is not derived from position. Contentment is not a destination. Contentment is found in a heart that understands that THINGS don’t satisfy and people can’t fulfill your deepest needs.
Contentment is learned when the latest and greatest doesn’t lure your heart because you know that the sparkle and shine will dull and need to be polished. Contentment is learned when you humble yourself and realize that you have the greatest gift ever given to any person on earth – the Love of God.
God’s love satisfies. His love never disappoints. His love is inseparable. His love is based on GRACE – in other words you can’t perform well enough to earn it or keep it. His love is given freely to you not because you do this or that but because HE is “this and that.” He is Love! His love satisfies. You can go as deep as you want without ever reaching the bottom of His love or you can stay in the shallows. But when you dive deep, you LEARN that contentment is not found in the things of this world but the things of God. Actually, not in the “things” of God, but in God Himself.
“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.” Philippians 4:11-12 NASB