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 everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV 1984)
Paul had discovered a secret. Perhaps he had not been looking for it, but he did discover it and recognized the value of what he had found. The great discovery was the answer to the question, “How can one find contentment in this world?”
That fact that Paul says it is a secret implies that the answer to the question is not obvious to many. It must be found or discovered. Paul’s need for contentment was revealed through his personal experience of having bounty at times and want at other times. In both circumstances, plenty and need, Paul saw that he was not content. Just as there is no satisfaction in accumulation of this world’s material goods, neither is their spiritual maturity in poverty.
Paul discovered that the answer to being content, no matter his circumstances, was to be found in Christ. Only Jesus Himself could fill whatever contentment was lacking in his life. It was through the strength of Christ in him, the hope of glory, that Paul was to finally discover lasting contentment.
Note too that Paul had to learn this contentment, it would seem to be a process, not an event. It was not a natural outcome of his spiritual growth, but rather a secret that he discovered along the way to maturity. He could do all things through Christ!
So, how’s your journey towards contentment? Is there a lie you are believing that if you had a change in economic status (usually meaning that we have more, not less) that you would suddenly discover contentment?
Contentment is found in Christ alone. He will meet your needs for contentment, for you can to everything through Him.