I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:11-12)

The apostle Paul was imprisoned in Rome when he wrote to the Philippians. Written in his later years (61 A.D), this great man of God had to learn to be content, just as we do.

True contentment is rare and does not come naturally to anyone. Some of our discontentment stems from our human nature to focus on ourselves. (Galatians 5:17) Comparing our lot in life with those who are more prosperous, successful, or talented than we are can fuel discontentment. To complicate matters, the world we live in encourages dissatisfaction with our lives. There's always something new that will make life better. There's always a dream that must come true before our lives are complete. But when that dream is fulfilled, we often discover it has its problems. Real contentment comes from the joy and peace of knowing Christ, serving Him and others, and counting our blessings.

Be inspired by the words of Charles H. Spurgeon:

"Now, contentment is one of the flowers of heaven, and if we would have it, it must be cultivated. It will not grow in us by nature; it is the new nature alone that can produce it, and even then we must be careful and watchful that we maintain and cultivate the grace which God has sown in it."

Father, thank You for my blessings and for the joy and peace of knowing Christ. In Jesus' name. Amen.


Susan Ferguson is a freelance writer who lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband. She is an accountant by profession and works during the day and writes at night. She is a member of Faithwriters and participates in their daily devotional. She likes to read, travel, and cook for family and friends.