Read Philippians 4:10-11
10 How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. 11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. (NLT)
We all know of people who are constantly restless—we may be one of them! We chop and change in jobs, in relationships, in hobbies and interests. There is always something more to be had or enjoyed.
There is nothing wrong with ambition and change. Sometimes we do need to move on; sometimes it is right to seek something more. Contentment is not complacency. Who can be content with their love of God and others?
However Paul is speaking more of material circumstances. He was in prison but didn’t let that dominate his life. In a very basic sense, he made the most of where he was and what he had. Contentment comes from a recognition that our life situations are rarely perfect. Instead of throwing a tantrum and demanding that things change, we explore how God is present and active in our present situation.
We may not like our life circumstances, but within those very circumstances may be evidences of God’s grace and goodness. We may be blind and deaf to these because we are constantly looking for what comes next. So often in life the treasure that we seek is not in some far-off place but beneath our feet.