“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. And 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. Therefore I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13
Here are five things which, if God the Holy Spirit is pleased to establish them in our hearts, will surely give every believer contentment:
1. The purpose of God.
All things that have ever come to pass in this world . . .
both great and small,
prosperous and adverse,
pleasing and painful,
good and evil,
come to pass according to God’s eternal, immutable, unalterable purpose. Learn this in your heart, and you will learn to be content. “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.” Romans 11:36
2. The providence of God.
Everything in Heaven, earth and Hell is sovereignly ruled and governed by God in infinite wisdom, according to His own holy purpose for the eternal, spiritual good of His people. Nothing in this universe breathes or moves without God’s decree and God’s direction. Because “We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose!” Romans 8:28
3. The power of God.
Our God is almighty. He has purposed to do us good, and He has the power to accomplish his purpose. He cannot be frustrated or defeated. “All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as He pleases with the powers of Heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back His hand or say to Him: What have you done?” Daniel 4:35. Therefore He is God almighty! You can safely trust Him.
4. The presence of God.
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said: I will never leave you! I will never forsake you!” Hebrews 13:5. If you are one of God’s believing children–then the omnipotent, eternal God is with you! Surely, the presence of God with you should give your heart contentment at all times.
5. The promises of God.
Open the book of God’s promises, and find a rich source of contentment for your soul. Therefore To all who are in Christ Jesus, “He has given us His very great and precious promises!” 2 Peter 1:4
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