Content in All Things

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

─ Philippians 4:11-12 NKJV

Content in All Things

Finland is reported to be the happiest and most contented country in the world. The United States dropped from 14th in 2017, to 19th in 2019. We live in a very discontented and anxious country, and the world is filled with many discontented people.

That report was before 2020 brought the global pandemic. It was a strange, difficult, upsetting, damaging and destructive year. Many people have suffered great loss through the COVID experience – your family may have suffered physically, lost a job, faced a downturn in your business or just feel the weight of the uncertainty of the future.

And then you read a verse like ours today. The Apostle Paul is saying, “I’ve learned to be content in whatever state I’m in.”

Paul, before he knew Christ, pursued, persecuted, terrorized and even killed Christians. As a Christ follower, he faced personal pain, and loss and frustration. He had his own physical affliction. Yet, he learned to be content in all things.

Today’s One Thing

Take time today to look at Paul’s list of the many things he endured in 2 Corinthians 11:23-28. Ask God to give you a strong desire to learn to be content, like Paul, in all things.

Additional Reading

Receive Devotionals like This in Your Email

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.