Are you unhappy with your circumstances?

I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. —Philippians 4:11

Contentment is hard to attain. Even the apostle Paul, a hero of the faith, had to learn to be content (Phil. 4:11). It was not a natural character trait for him.For Paul to write that he was content in every situation is truly amazing. At the time of this writing, he was in jail in Rome. Charged with sedition, treason, and other serious crimes, he had appealed to the highest court: Caesar himself. Without other legal recourse and friends in high places, he had to wait for his case to be heard. It seems as if Paul had the right to be an impatient and unhappy person. Instead, he wrote to the Philippians to say that he had learned to be content.

How did he learn this? One step at a time until he could be satisfied even in uncomfortable environments. He learned to accept whatever came his way  and to receive with thanks whatever help fellow Christians could give. And most important, he recognized that God was supplying all he needed.

Contentment is not natural for any of us. The competitive spirit in us drives us to compare, to complain, and to covet. The world has brain washed many people to focus on only what’s wrong with no regards for what is right. Days,weeks and months are lost because many people fail to have the desire to go on because they are so angry about what happened, what is happening and what might happen.  Few of us are in a predicament such as Paul’s, but we all face difficulties in which we can learn to trust God and be content. Life doesn’t always give any one perfect circumstances or perfect conditions, so as you continue to walk on your Christian journey with God, you will have to learn to be content in circumstances even if they are uncomfortable and even if they stay that way for  a while. In due time, God will change them and turn them around for you, but until He does, we’d like to encourage you to learn to be content where you are even if it hurts.

Prayer for you;
Father as I read this message,I pray that I along with WIN International Ministries will be able to be content in the situations that we find ourselves in. I pray that we will be blessed by you with favorable conditions that will allow your grace and mercy to rest upon us. O Lord, give me the grace to be content with what You give to me. No, more than that, let me rejoice in all You send, for it’s Your choice! In Jesus name I ask and pray –  Amen

Contentment is not possessing everything but giving thanks for everything you possess.