Finding Rest in Him

“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

How do I know if I’m content or not?

Have you ever thought about the meaning of the word contentment? What does it mean to be content in one’s circumstances? Does it mean we sit still and wait for deliverance from our dire circumstances? Does it mean that we can never ask God for deliverance from our situation?

Contentment is an all-encompassing category that applies to every believer, no matter their life stage. To be content is to be fulfilled in Christ no matter the circumstances.

It doesn’t mean that we won’t be sad every now and then about our circumstances, but it means that in the midst of our pain we will be able to rejoice because Christ is our source of joy, not our circumstances. It means that our circumstances don’t have control over our joy. Praying for deliverance isn’t wrong- it’s our attitude about our situation that is most important.

Sometimes sitting still and waiting on God to work for us is what is needed. Other times, waiting on God includes taking action on our part as the Holy Spirit leads.

Contentment is a hard character trait to cultivate, but when we look to Christ as Paul did, we will be able to face any dire circumstance with restful assurance and perseverance, whether that be financially, spiritually, or physically.

Dear Lord, please help me to be joyous in all circumstances, accepting your will with gladness. Amen.

Examine your heart to see whether you’re content or not. Is your joy coming from circumstances or the Lord? If it’s the former, you need to cultivate this character trait- pray to God to grant you contentment, and he will!

By Ashlea Massie
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