I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me, Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for 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. Philippians 4:10-12
The apostle Paul had to learn to be content, it was a discipline he had to acquire. And this was accomplished by trusting God in the internal and external struggles of his life. Not only through the beatings, imprisonments, shipwrecks, dangers, and other physical trials he experienced, but also in his own personal struggles against sin, fear, and discouragement.
In our world, we’re often told that certain products or experience will make us happy. But the truth is that true contentment is learned. And just like Paul, we learn it through trusting God with all our struggles.
You have the power to respond to any situation, not merely react to it. You can choose to be content by expressing your confidence in God’s sustaining provision and perfect plan no matter what happens. The Holy Spirit in you will always enable you to confront a problem with faith and wisdom if you will trust Him.