Thursday, August 2, 2012

"Living In Contentment"

"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." Philippians 4:11

"Be content". The word content means to be satisfied with where you are or what you have. So where are you to be content? In whatsoever state you are in. That doesn't mean to be content with the sin you are living in. It doesn't mean you should be satisfied living in life controlling situations- such as any "state" of addiction. It doesn't mean you should be content with being lazy or having an undisciplined lifestyle.

It means that you need to learn to be content with where you are at the moment. You need to be content while you are waiting on that promotion on your job. You need to be content while waiting for that wayward spouse to return home. You need to be content while you are waiting for the door to open to God's calling and purpose.

Contentment is not a place of slothfulness where you just sit back and "twiddle your thumbs". It is a place of continuing on with the business of living and your devotion to God. It is a place where you continue to seek Him and grow in your faith. In the place of contentment you are trusting God, waiting on Him to do the work that is needed to do and taking your hands off of it. It is a place of peace and rest because you are trusting God.

Paul learned to be content even in prison. Joseph learned to be content in slavery. They didn't let their circumstances keep them from "living" life and in a manner that was pleasing to God- in trust and faith that He had everything under control.

Don't be impatient, don't worry, don't become anxious where you are. Live your life in God to the fullest where you are. Be content until He moves you to another "state". Trust Him in this state and be at peace, and go on about your business-- living for Him.

Have a great day. Be content, God has it all under control so go on with the business of living..

For further reading:
Hebrews 13:5
1 Timothy 6:6

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