“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:12-13 NIV
The secret of being content is to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” 1 Timothy 6:11 NIV. “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” 1 Timothy 6:7 NIV
The Bible does not leave it all up to our interpretations. Here the Bible warns us about the outcome of unhealthy desires for situations that we seek but also tells us about how to command our desires in situations that we’re in.
“Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:9-10 NIV
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19 NIV
As we read and understand God’s word, we see that contentment is not based on a current situation or place in life, as many may think. It is rather based on a spiritual foundation established on the confession of our faith.