Are you content where you are right now? Most of us measure contentment in terms of our worldly position, and in times of testing like those we are enduring we can find many different reasons to be discontented. A critical principle from the New Testament is the importance of learning to be content in every circumstance. This can only come from maturity in our relationship with God through the knowledge of His sustaining grace. If we are content in all things then nothing in this world has power over us to hold us back from what the Lord will accomplish in our lives. We must know how to hear from Jesus to rest in His word. That requires knowing that genuine satisfaction and contentment is to be found in God and God alone.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:8-13

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