A word keeps popping up in everything that I am reading; content—such a simple yet powerful word. You see, we can’t find the peace we need with Jesus if we are continually searching for happiness elsewhere. We fall into that trap of thinking if I have a little more, then I will be happy. A bit more money, more friends, more status quo, more of something may make you “feel” happy for the moment, but when that more becomes none, you are lost. Jesus is the answer to this problem. We must be content with what we have and be thankful for our lives’ blessings and trials. Paul is a prime example. He wrote Chapter 4 of Philippians from prison. In all honesty, he probably wanted more freedom, yet he stated in Philippians 4:11, Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
Can you say that I mean honestly? I know that I fight a battle at times to be content. Life throws punches, and I feel like screaming, why God? However, just like Paul sitting in that prison cell, we need to find our contentment in God and ask him to show us what we need to learn during this time, not so we can move from this faster, but so we can be more like Jesus.
I pray tonight, no matter where you find yourself in life, that you can seek God and let His love fill you so that you can feel that peace that contentment brings to your life.