Today I woke up thinking about Paul’s words in Philippians 4 about the secret to being content in all circumstances. He writes: “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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.”
I considered how Paul learned this secret precisely because God put him in situations that required absolute dependence on God’s strength alone. How else would he, or we, learn the secret? Is it possible that our present need leads us to this secret?
I’m learning to thank God for every situation because of how it teaches me the secret of true contentment.