Are you content in your life? Are you enjoying the many blessings God has given you as His child? Or are you more frustrated, disappointed, and unhappy?
The apostle Paul wrote the book of Philippians as a prisoner, chained around the clock to a Roman soldier, confined to a small room, lacking the freedom to live and to minister as he once enjoyed, and facing an uncertain future. And yet at the end of his letter he writes, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” How is it possible to have joy and gratitude in such difficult circumstances? Look again at the verse Paul wrote—do you see that key word? Learned. Contentment wasn’t something that came automatic for Paul. It’s not something that comes naturally for you or me either. We have to learn it. How? It begins with understanding that the Lord is sovereign, wise, and loving. When you understand and trust in God’s character, it will give you a unique perspective into your circumstances. You will have the confidence that God is in control and that He is orchestrating everything for your good. This is where contentment starts, focusing on the Lord instead of your circumstances, resting in Him.
Centuries ago Shakespeare wrote, “My crown is in my heart, not on my head, Nor decked with diamonds and Indian stones, Nor to be seen: My crown is called content: A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy.” Contentment is a rare quality. May that blessing be yours as you trust the Lord today, wearing His splendid crown of His lovingkindness and compassion (Psalm 103:4).