Learning to be Content

By Katherine Kehler

daily devotionalFor I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am.” Philippians 4:11 (Amp)

Contentment in all situations is the goal.  Learning how to be content is the challenge.  And that only happens when we realize that “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.“  Philippians 4:12.  It is a constant yielding and accepting that the Lord is Sovereign over and in all things.  Someone said, “If He is not Lord of all, He is not Lord at all.”

When bad things happen to us we desperately want to change them.  It is hard to accept with contentment a loved one who is sick and dying, a child who has decided to walk from the Lord, an estranged relationship, a loss of a career you love, financial hardships, and the aches and pains of an aging body and the fact that younger people aren’t interested in learning from your experiences.

However, as we walk through the pain of these experiences ‘when we lean hard on Jesusgrace and sufficiency‘, we become more content, until finally we accept them.  We become “quiet“ we are no longer disturbed.  We rest in Him.  We can say with confidence, “The Lord will accomplish what concerns me.” Psalm 138:8

Father, thank you for caring about us and all things that come into our life.  Thank you for helping us trust in your sovereignty and enabling us to be content in whatever state we are in.  Amen.

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3 Responses to Learning to be Content

  1. Stephen Bernard says:

    It is not easy to be content when one is a provider. There comes the challenge. Singly yes one can be content in any situation, but when you are to see the welfare of another of yours, and you lack, there you look at the One whom you believe the source of your need and get tensed. It’s human to fret. Jesus knows it He shows the source, as He is Lord of all.
    The Devotional touches the life’s reality. That’s why there is the second of the two commandments-Love your neighbour as yourself, Jesus’ source of supply-you and me!
    Thank you. God bless you and keep you.

  2. Douglas R. Dawson says:

    Once i(we) learn to lean on HIM,it is the beginning of contentment in a Lord God who is waiting for me (you) to realize that it begins in HIM and HIM alone,JESUS is LORD nothing else will do.

  3. AmyC says:

    In life, we will never feel content, unless we feel contentment through the Grace of JESUS CHRIST our savior. His Grace is always sufficient for our needs. Father GOD we thank You that Your Grace is sufficient for us and we will not in want. Amen

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