Don’t you love those moments when you feel at utter peace? Everything seems to be in the right place, the storms have calmed, and a clear mind is present. Contentment in these moments come easy. But, what about those moments of utter disaster? The storms are raging, every hair is out of place, and it’s hard to think straight. In these circumstances, we must remember true contentment is not situational, but relational. The relationship we have with God will strengthen us to be content through life’s toughest moments.
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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 all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13 NIV)
Like Paul, once we apply this secret of contentment to our lives, situations will not control our emotions. Instead, the peace of God (Philippians 4:7) who orders our steps (Proverbs 16:9) and works things out for our good (Romans 8:28) will guide our reactions. In illness, in heartbreak, in loneliness, we can depend on God to supply us the strength to be content. Now, we are human. So, emotions will undoubtedly rise up. But as we learn to put contentment into practice, the more it will become a lifestyle.