Mastering a lifestyle of contentment, is a difficult study. It sounds easy, archaic, and even quaint, but it really is a difficult task – for me at least.
Being content means closing your eyes, being focused on Christ, and letting him lead. It is a state of satisfaction that is anchored to our confidence in God, resulting in joyful celebration of all life’s circumstance.
There is only one way to truly be content, and that is finding entire satisfaction in the man, Christ Jesus. Contentment will only develop when we rest in the assurance of who we are in Christ. All will fail, unless you throw yourself towards your Maker. No matter what the situation or circumstance may be, He has promised to protect, watch over, lead and shepherd all who are willing to completely surrender and follow Him. We have to base our identity in His promises. Not in the “what ifs” of tomorrow, or the feelings of mankind…for these will shatter, disappoint and eventually fade. No, we have to base our identity on the never ending, eternal, weighty promises that come from Him and Him alone. We have to believe that He is preparing a place for us (John 14:3), we have to believe that He will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6), we have to believe that He will provide for all of our needs (Matthew 6:31-32). He will guide us into the truth(Jn. 16:13). He WILL do exceedingly abundantly, beyond all we ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20).
Contentment begins to form after we put our entire trust in the unseen and after we solely rely on the Invisible One. When we base our identity on His Words, contentment can more easily lodge within our hearts. Once secure in the identity we have in Christ, the circumstances, opinions of man, and anxieties of life begin to seem worthless. Contentment is established in our love for Christ and our trust in His promises, and it will only grow as we fall more completely in love with Him.
“…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:10-13)