"Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content." (Philippians 4:11)
In a land of great abundance with smorgasbords, “all you can eat” buffets, and biggie sizes, most Americans can be quite content at the dinner table. However, having a bloated stomach from overeating is not the kind of contentment to which Paul is referring. For Paul, circumstances were not the determining factor for contentment. Contentment is an informed mind that knows what it means to have abundance, yet not overindulging. On the other hand contentment knows what it means to be brought low, yet remain thankful for what God has provided. The secret ingredient to contentment is divine enablement that comes through those lifecycles. It becomes a learning process - with some situations requiring humility and others sobermindedness so not to become excessive in consumption.
Some are more content than others, some live more simply than others but we all still have a great room for growth in contentment. Therefore may our quest for contentment direct us as follows:
(1) Drive us to grow spiritually and in maturity, (2) Drive us to humility , (3) Draw us closer to God, such that we confidently and continually affirm:
And my God will supply every need ...
according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. V.19
--E.C. Malone 02/22/15