“Now I have learned in whatever state I am to be content. (4:11)
When the Apostle Paul was thrown into prison, I don’t think he wanted to be there. He couldn’t have been happy beaten, in pain, or confined in jail. But over the span of his ministry he had learned to be content in all situations.
How did he learn contentment in all circumstances?
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (4:13)
The Lord was with Paul. God comforted him and gave him inner contentment in each difficulty.
My every-day choices in Africa were limited. If there was one tuna fish can for sale, I bought it whether it was packed in oil, or water, or a brand I would have never eaten in the U.S. Either I learned to like it or stop eating tuna.
When a missionary was selling her old laptop for a $100, I bought it because it was the only one available. I was grateful to have one.
Adjusting to life in the States, I’ve had to face many choices. Walking down a computer aisle overwhelms me. I leave the store asking myself, “Which one?”
But shame on me. I now get disgruntled if the store is out of my favorite brand of bread. In the African village there was only one kind, a white loaf, and I was grateful for it.
So take a look around you. Are all the choices causing discontentment if you can’t have the one you want?