In this study, we learn to be content in His presence. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:11-13 “I am not saying this because I am in any need, for I have learned to be content in whatever situation I am in. I know how to be humble, and I know how to prosper. In each and every situation, I have learned the secret of being full and of going hungry, of having too much and of having too little. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
This is something we all need to consciously think about. By our very nature, we never seem to be content. We always strive for bigger and better possessions, houses, cars, boats, whatever it may be.
1st Timothy 6:6-8 reads, “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing let us be therewith content.”
The key phrase here is “godliness with contentment” Our attitude needs to be one that pursues godliness and trusts God to do right, regardless of circumstances. Remember these uplifting words of Hebrews 13:5,6 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me.” Our attitude should reflect a sure knowledge that our future is not dependant upon present circumstances, possessions or achievements. Ecclesiastes 5:10-11 reads “Whoever loves money will never have enough money. Whoever loves luxury will not be content with abundance. This also is pointless. When possessions increase, so does the number of consumers; therefore, what good are they to their owners, except to look at them?” 1st Timothy 6:10 tells us “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
We can learn so much from Paul who was empowered by the thankfulness of his calling unto Christ, 1st Timothy 1:12, and also the fact that Christ was working with him. Like Paul, we should come to realise that it is not “me” versus others, but rather it is “Jesus Christ and I” He is with us in all things! Philippians 4:13 reads “and I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Let us develop that “godliness with contentment” whatever our circumstance and be content in the presence of our Lord.
My notes taken mostly from bible study 4 of 5, “Christ Who Strengthens Me” by Michael Wolstencroft, Rathmines Bible School September 2015