Contentment

"I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:12,13

When I hear the word contentment my first reaction is to cringe. Please don't tell me I'm supposed to be happy no matter what circumstances I am in! So Paul was able to say this writing from prison? Good for him! How the heck can I say this when I don't have the Jacuzzi bath tub I know would vastly improve my quality of life? Okay, that's a silly example, but seriously, God allows us to walk through pain unimaginable, and He beckons us to contentment? Isn't this cruel?

In seeking contentment God is not asking us to be content with the brokenness of our world, our relationships, our pain. He is not telling us to be content with our circumstances. He is calling us to a joy and peace that fully trusting Him with the shortcomings of our circumstances can bring. We will never be content with the condition of this world or the sins against us in it, nor should we be.

Our longing for more echoes His plan to bring His kingdom to earth once and for all. For now He brings it through you and me. He brings it through His word. He brings it through the body of Christ that gladly and willingly bears our burdens with us. He brings it through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in each believer. True contentment comes in the full knowledge of His unfailing love. He will quiet our busy hurting hearts with His love and His kindness will lead us to repentance.