Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. (Philippians 4:11)
Sometimes life is good, easy and without any major problems. But all of us, from time to time, are sure to face some difficult days and circumstances that we never expected or wanted. Adverse health, financial set-backs, loss of a loved one, strained or broken relationships, are all common life circumstances that can hurt us physically, emotionally and spiritually.
The Apostle Paul was well acquainted with difficult circumstances, as was our Lord; He was despised and forsaken of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.(Isaiah 53:3) Paul wrote; I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity. We also need to learn and embrace the secret of contentment, whatever our circumstances, humble means or prosperity. Of course, we would expect to be content with prosperity. But, surprisingly, those who enjoy an abundance sometimes are the least content.
What is the secret of contentment and enjoying the peace of God regardless of your circumstances? Always rejoice in the Lord and let your gentle spirit be made known; Don't worry about anything and pray about everything; Think rightly about our sovereign, loving, forgiving Lord, His truth and His promises and always do the right thing that will bring glory to Him. (See Philippians 4:4-9)
Paul sums it all up when he writes; I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13). And so can you and I. Maranatha!