In Philippians 4:11, Paul declares, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
How can he say this?
Firstly discontentment is sin and leads to sin! “Covetousness, pleasure madness, discontent, complaining, self-centredness, entitlement etc.”
Contentment is demanded by the Sovereign Creator.
“Hebrews 13:5, Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have.” God “knows what we need and what is good for us, and he demands contentment from us.”
“One of the greatest ways we can show contentment is submission to the will of God for our lives.”
Contentment is given by a Gracious Saviour
“Contentment is a grace, a gift graciously given with Christ to the believer.”
Our contentment is in God alone.
“Christian contentment, then, means that my satisfaction is independent of my circumstances.”
(Our) “contentment is in the sufficiency of Christ. (We can say),”I can do all things—both being abased and abounding—through Christ” Phil.4:13.
“However, as Paul says, contentment was something he had to learn.”
Contentment is learned in the school of trials.
“When one learns to be content, the comparing, the covetousness, and the complaining stop.” Because we acknowledge God puts everything in our lives.
“Christian ambition is to live my life to its fullest potential for God’s glory.”
“How true are the words of Augustine, ‘Thou hast made us for thyself O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”
All quotations from article in Beacon Lights Magazine October 2016 edition by Rev. Rodney Kleyn.
Further Reading: The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs. http://www.preachtheword.com/bookstore/contentment.pdf