Be satisfied with your condition regardless of your circumstances

Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how-to live-in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”. 

According to Wikipedia “Contentment is an emotional state of satisfaction that can be seen as a mental state, maybe drawn from being at ease in one’s situation, body and mind”.   On the other hand, discontentment is an off shoot of godlessness that makes a person live an unfaithful life. When you are content with what you have, you will not indulge in ungodly or immoral acts in order to get what you do not have. King Ahab misused his position to entrap an innocent person, so that he could take over Naboth vineyard (1 Kings 21). 

Contentment will prevent you from being envious of people under you, who are being celebrated for faithfully discharging their duties to the glory of God. Lack of contentment made Haman hate Mordecai, so much so that he planned to get rid of an innocent, dutiful but uncompromising doorman (Esther 5:11-1 Haman misused his position as a member of the king’s cabinet to pursue the destruction of innocent people (Esther 3:8-11). 

Jesus is telling us to be content with what we have. Moreover, he has given us a direct command not to worry about things of this world. Then he adds, “For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom, and his righteousness, all these things will be given as well” (Matthew 6:32-33).  From Jesus’ words, we can infer that lack of contentment is sin and it puts us in the same category as those who do not know God.

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