“I know what is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learnt the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippians 4:12,13)
In our daily life we face different situations, all the times we are not convinced to be happy. Sometimes we undergo through hardships, persecutions, trials and tribulations. Moreover every child of God is surrounded by all these things. God who knows our situations expects us to be content in all our ways. A Christian life teaches us to live a contentment life.
The above word of God says us to learn the secret of being content in all our situations. Contentment is an important character that each and every God’s child should have.
“Godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6)
Apostle Paul write to Philippians that he learnt the secret of being content in any and every situation. On his second journey to bring the gospel to the Gentile world, he helped to start a Church in the city of Philippi, a colony of retired romans soldiers.
When Apostle Paul was in Rome at prison, he writes this above verse as he appeals to his own life as an example how to respond to hardship with joy.
How to be content in all our situations?
- Rejoicing in the Lord always:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)
When we are joyful in the Lord, nothing around us will make us to depart from being contentful in the Lord.
When we think of our salvation which we received on the cross from our Lord Jesus Christ, the price which He paid for our redemption, the forgiveness of sins we had received, the righteousness we had received, make us to rejoice in the Lord.
King David in the book of Psalms writes, not to take away the joy of his salvation from him.
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” (Psalm 51:12)
Habakkuk, the prophet of God says,
“Though the fig trees does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crops fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in the God my Savior. (Habakkuk 3:17,18)
Therefore let us rejoice in the Lord.
- Being Gentle towards everyone:
“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” (Philippians 4:5)
If we are gentle towards everyone, not judging anyone then we will be content in our ways. The word of God says,
“Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time, wait until the Lord comes.” (1 Corinthians 4:5)
Let us be gentle towards everyone.
- Always Praying to God with thanksgiving:
The word of God says, not be anxious about anything. If we need something or if we are trouble by something, let us take it to God.
“Don’t be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanks giving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all undersanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6,7)
If we have the peace of God in our hearts and minds, then we will content in our situations. Let us always pray to God with all our requests and petitions.
- Always having Faith upon God:
If we have faith that God will meet all our situations, then we will be content. The righteous will live by Faith.
“I can do all this through Lord Jesus Christ who gives me strength.”
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His Gloryin Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
Being Joyful in the Lord, Being Gentle towards everyone, Always Praying to God with thanks giving, Always having Faith upon God.
These are the fruit of the Spirit which we receive from God. God will teach us to be content by the fruit of His Spirit.
A Blessing in the Inner Man as well as Outer Man:
The Man of God who was content in all his ways:
Moses, the man of God was content in all his ways. Many situations are recorded in Bible about his contentment. From his brith till he grows, he was facing all kinds of trials. When Moses was born he was hid for three months, he was took by Pharaoh’s daughter. One day after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor.
The word of God says,
“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By Faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible.” (Hebrews 11:24-27)
The above four verses describes the whole life of Moses, that how he chose to be content with his fellow people. He came out from the palace and left the life of fleeting pleasures, instead he chose to suffer with people of God. This was the burning desire which Moses had inside him.
When he saw an Egyptian beating an Hebrew, one of his own people. He went and killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. The next day he went and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”
The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian. Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”
When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from there and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by the well. At that time one of the Midian priest who had seven daughters, they came to draw water from the well to fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.
The seven daughters of Midianite went to their father and said how Moses rescued them from the shepherds who drove them. Then the Midianite invited Moses to stay with him. Moses was content to stay with the man. Also the Midianite gave one of his daughter to Moses in marriage, her name is Zipporah. She gave birth to a son. Moses named him as Gershon means “I have became a stranger in the stranger’s land. (Exodus 2)
When Moses was content in staying with the Midianite, the Israelites were groaning in their slavery and cried to God for their help. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them,
When Moses was tending the flock in the wilderness, “the angel of the LORD appeared to him in the flames of fire within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, I will go over and see this strange sight-why the bush does not burn up.”
The LORD called him Moses, Moses and said I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. The LORD said to Moses I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.
God saw a man who was content in his ways, also God saw the burning desire how he got troubled in his heart to rescue the Hebrew.
Though Moses was an Egyptian, he killed the Egyptian. This symbolizes that in our heart there are two things which fights contradictory within us, the life of Egyptian and the life of Hebrew. The life of sin and the life of Godliness.
They are in conflict with each other. Therefore Moses killed the life of sin. There are two laws in our inner man struggling each one to overcome, we have to kill the Egyptian life inside us, and to live a life of Hebrew living a Godly way of life. Moses was chose by God to be the ruler and deliverer of Israelites to deliver them from the hands of Egyptians. A person who is content in his ways can please God also receives Blessings in the Inner Man.
A Blessing in the Outer Man:
David was a man content in all his ways. We know that David was always surrounded by his enemies. When God delivered him from all his enemies, he was content to write Psalms and sing songs to God.
“David sang to the LORD the words of the song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.” (2 Samuel 22:1)
When Absalom tried to kill David, Shimei one of Saul’s family man came to David and cursed him. He even pelted him with stones and said, “Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel! The LORD has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The LORD has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are murderer!”
One of David’s person, Abishai said to David I will kill Shimei for cursing you. David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, my own flesh and blood is trying to kill me. How much more, then this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to. It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me His covenant blessing instead of His curse today. (2 Samuel 16)
This shows the Contentment of David. When he was cursed by his enemies he was content in that situation.
Also when David was exhausted in the wilderness, God met all his needs through the people of Israel. They brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought wheat and barley, flour and roasted grain, beans and lentils, honey and curds, sheep, cheese from cow’s milk for David and his people to eat. For they said, “The people have become exhausted and hungry and thirsty in the wilderness.”
God will meet all our needs. King David was content even when he was exhausted in the wilderness receives Blessings in the Outer Man.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His Glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
“Lord Jesus Christ was content in His ways, Who, being in very nature of God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His advantage; rather, He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death-even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name.” (Philippians 2:6-9)
Lord Jesus Christ even though He was rich, He became poor to make us rich. He was joyful in His Father, He was Gentle even to the point of death-all for the sake of others. This is the new way to be human that is revealed in God’s kingdom.
Moses, David and Lord Jesus Christ was content in all their ways that God was pleased to fulfill His purpose through them.
God will teach us to be content in all our ways that we will please Him and God will accomplish His will through us.
Learning to be content.
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