“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance, and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13)
There are so many times during the day where I struggle with being “content” with where I am. It could be as benign as the weather or as complex as dealing with the issues of a medically fragile child. It is so easy to complain and whine about our situation and the difficulty of the moment. It takes the wisdom and insight that God gave to Paul to point me in the right direction. I want to have relief from the pain as fast as possible. I want God to take all of it away. However, we have an amazing God. He uses our circumstances to reveal His glory. To show his love for us and that we never walk alone. In these times we are strengthened and learn to be content with where we are.
It is equally amazing that Paul speaks of being content during times of abundance and plenty. It is in our nature to desire more when we have all we need. To let the green-eyed monster known as envy and greed raise it’s ugly head in our lives. Sometimes I think the hardest time for me to be content is during the times of plenty. We get a taste of comfort and the good life and start to crave more. During the times of hunger and need, I turn my eyes to God and seek His providence. However, during the good times it becomes a challenge to be content. It is a challenge indeed to seek God’s help to deal with that which we have an abundance of. I pray for the contentment that Paul describes. A contentment during the times of plenty and hunger. A peace during the times of abundance and need.