Contentment in a Discontent World
“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 ESV
On the outside, many women seem like they have it all together. That one mom down the street who gets twelve loads of laundry done, a work out in, and breakfast made all before her kids wake up. Or there’s your single college friend with a 4.0, just a few semesters away from nailing her dream job. But on the inside, these women may be lonely, feeling discontent with life they have, and feeling disconnected from God. The mom down the street’s husband isn’t showing her enough love, and the college student thought she would be married by now. In a world that is so discontent, how do we find contentment?
Many Christians struggle with finding contentment in their lives. Lately I have been discontent with my own life and the change that is upon me. I’m moving halfway across the country in over a month and will be separated from my husband for three. It almost comes natural to dwell in the hopelessness of life, yet we have so much to be thankful for. While in prison for his faith, Paul faced numerous challenges, but he came to one ultimate conclusion: in Christ, we can be content in all circumstances because He is all we need.
The key to being content is trusting God with all your heart (Proverbs 3:5) and knowing He will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). No matter what the circumstance, no matter what life throws our way, it all comes down to what our hearts truly desire. It is definitely easier said than done, but when our hearts are content in Christ instead of the things of this world, we can toss discontentment out the window and cling to God’s everlasting Truth.
Father, I want to be more content in all circumstances. Help me to see how much I have to be thankful for and to put my trust in You and You alone; I know Your plan for my life far outweighs the plan I have for myself.
Do you struggle with discontentment? What in your life is holding you back from being fully content in Christ?