Contentment today has been so misconstrued and misunderstood. It means, “I’m fine and “satisfied.” Now God, give me what I want.” That’s NOT what contentment really is. It is a state of being feeling and showing satisfaction simply because you actually are. In Philippians 4:10-14, Paul thanks them for assisting him when he had a need. However, he talks about what REALLY got him through it. Verses 11-13 say, “I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself. I know both how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances, I have learned the secret of being content-whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.” He’s saying whether He has the old care or a new car, single or married, healed or sick, poor or rich, or ANYTHING else, He’s content. Christ’s power gives him what he needs in and out of “season.” Our contentment in EVERY situation is for our peace & joy, not for expectation of something or for someone else. Don’t get me wrong. We should have faith, pray, believe, & fast for promises we believe God has made BUT true contentment says even if He doesn’t do it, He’s still God. I still trust Him and I’m still going to follow Him.
Proverbs 30:8-9 says, “Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me. Give me neither poverty nor wealth; feed me with the food I need. Otherwise, I might have too much and deny you, saying, “Who is the Lord?” or I might have nothing and steal, profaning the name of my God.” Here, Agur talks about basically having & accepting HIS portion. Having too little does bring stress and obviously bigger issues but having more doesn’t solve the problem. My grandma always told me, “If you can’t manage the $1k, job, relationship, etc. you have now, you’re definitely not going to do better just because you get more. In fact, you’ll probably be the same if not worst.” She’s right! I’ve seen and experienced this firsthand, which has brought on this new, beautiful season of contentment for me. If I never get married, get a “better” job, travel the world, have my foundation get recognized, or whatever else, I trust Him and He KNOWS what’s best for me. We can’t always handle or deal with what we think we want. Isn’t it beautiful He cares enough to keep it from us until His appointed time? I mean that’s if it comes at all. Afflictions are only guaranteed to dissipate once when we get to heaven and if living in my “dream world” doesn’t come until eternity, that’s fine with me.