Philippians 4:12 (NIV)
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
What does this verse say to you? How many times have you complained to a friend about a work situation or life situation only to have them remind you that we have to learn to be “content” where we are? As sincere as that friend may be (with a loving attitude and all) they could very well be giving you bad advice.
What does it mean to be content? Check out this definition from www.dictionary.com … satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.
While it’s true that we often struggle with being satisfied where we are in life (always believing the grass is green on the other side and striving to get to the other side), there are times when are yearnings for something different are not selfish or sinful.
Consider this. What will your feelings or desires be like if you are ignoring God’s call on your life to do something different? What if you actually have so little work to do at your place of employment, that your issue is becoming one of fulfillment as opposed to contentment? It’s hard to be fulfilled if you aren’t really working. God designed us to find satisfaction in our work. Ecclesiastes 3:13 says “That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God.“
Making this post one of my shortest, I end with these last few thoughts.
Try to be content wherever you are. But if you are struggling with contentment, evaluate your situation.
Are you living in disobedience to God? Does He have other work you should be doing? Maybe that call to Africa is for you?
Is your job NOT providing you with any fulfillment? If so, is that because you are slacking in your work? Or is it due to the fact that there is absolutely no work to be done?
Finally … you may still be asking “How can I be content where I am?”
Well, you can read Philippians 4:12 above. But don’t forget that verse 13 comes next.
Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
We find contentment simply by remembering who it is that enables us to live this life on a daily basis.
Go with God,