Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content
We live in a world that promotes a lifestyle contrary to this passage of Scripture. Advertisers tell us that newer cars and better clothes will make us happy. They tell us Pepsi is better than Coke, etc. If we listen to them we will believe that possessions and products are the secret to happiness. Paul had a different opinion. He said we need to learn what it means to be content.
If anyone knew the truth of this passage it was the author of it, the apostle Paul. He knew what it was to be in the presence of kings. He also knew what it meant to be locked in a jail cell. He knew what it was for people to sing his praises and hear others curse his name. He knew things could not bring happiness and that friends are fickle. But through it all, he knew God would never leave him nor forsake him.
I have been in 49 of the 50 states, Montana is the only exception. I have lived in seven states. If I were asked which is my favorite state I would have to say, the state of contentment. That is the place when I know I am where God wants me to be and doing what He has asked me to do.
If I am not content, it is because I want something that God does not want for my life. I need the faith that God loves me enough to provide what is best for me, wherever that might be. Let us strive to be content with what God has given us.