“. . . since, as far as I am concerned, I have learned to be content regardless of circumstances. I know what it is to be in want, and I know what it is to have more than enough—in everything and in every way I have learned the secret of being full and being hungry, of having abundance and being in need. Philippians 4:11b-12 (JNT)
What kind of life brings contentment? The Apostle Paul’s life was one full of chaos! He was in physical danger most of the time! He was opposed all the time. When he preached there were people who listened and there were those who were absolutely hostile! He spent a great deal of time in prison, chained to a guard! Paul had a “thorn in the flesh” which he prayed on many occasions asking God to remove. (2 Corinthians 12:7-9). God refused him.
In the above verse Paul tells us through all of these issues and problems – he learned to be content. It is obvious that Paul didn’t live based on his feelings! He lived based on who he was in God. Paul wrote, “Yes, I am well pleased with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties endured on behalf of the Messiah; for it is when I am weak that I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12: 10) (JNT)
Foundational Fact: “God’s goal is not to make you happy. No matter how hard it is for you to believe this, it’s time to do so. Life is not about you being comfortable and happy and successful and pain free. Release the idea that contentment requires comfort.” Charles (Chuck) Swindoll)