be content

. . . be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never fail you nor forsake you.”

Hebrews 13.5

Christian contentment is a God given gift: a fruit of His Spirit. It is learning to be satisfied with all that God has provided.

22-23 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

Galatians 5:22-23 MSG

To be content is to enjoy what God has given you by following Jesus’ teaching in Matthew’s Gospel.

Do not worry!

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life?[a] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.

Matthew 6:25-33 RSV

Apostle Paul, who wrote to the church in Philippi while under house arrest in Rome (Acts 28:30-31), encourages us not to worry–to be content.

10 I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me; you were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I complain of want; for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content. 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound; in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want. 13 I can do all things in him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:10-13

Right now we find ourselves living in uncertain times, in some small way–under house arrest. Today, like it or not, as God’s own children, we are admonished to “be content.” I’m certain in uncertain times we must adopt Paul’s attitude.

I CAN do ALL things in him who strengthens me.

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