“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” (Philippians 4:11-12)
Often this passage is referenced when going through pain. When experiencing trials. We are called to be content, even in the midst of our pain. But what about when things are mediocre, or even good? Are we still focused on being content then?
I think that one of the mistakes we can make as Christians is believing that faith in Christ is just a fix for the bad things. We use God to make bad things better, and that’s the only time we let Him into our lives. That’s when we pray. That’s when we read the Bible. That’s when we lean on Him. But friends, it is SO important that we recognize that Christianity is about loving and experiencing God in every season of life. I’ve had to work through this firsthand - being in school is good, but I would much rather be travelling still, like I was a few weeks ago. But I need to recognize that God is still good, and that this is where I’m planted right now, so I need to be content with that.
Paul says that being content is the secret of facing not only hunger and need, but also of facing plenty and abundance. It’s almost as if plenty and abundance are still something to be “faced”. And I think they are. If we’re missing out on God in the midst of these things, then we need to reevaluate. Friends, practice contentment. Know that each day you can be content, because your God is good and He never changes.