Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:12 “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.”
It was so sweet to hear our Tiger purr. Most cats will purr when happy and contented. But cats will also purr when they are hungry, usually combining that sound with a cry. Purring can also be their way of soothing themselves when hurt, much like a child sucking their thumb. A kitten will purr when just a few days old to signal where he is to the mother and that he is fine. When the mother purrs to the kitten it helps them bond, being used much like a lullaby. But most often, the purr is a clear signal of contentment.
Paul tells us in today’s verse that he has learned the secret of contentment. It is not tied to circumstances of want or plenty. Contentment for Paul was something more and it was something learned. There was a process to learn it. He calls it a secret, not because it is unknowable but perhaps because it was not obvious.
I used to think that Paul kept that secret to himself. But in fact, he did share it in the very next verse. “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” The “this” is that elusive contentment! It is the Lord who gives contentment. It comes through Him and His strength. I cannot muster up contentment or talk myself into feeling it. He is my source. He gives satisfaction. My relationship with Him is what fulfills me.
Only You, Lord. Make me content in You today.
March 30, 2016 at 9:53 am
Great reminder. That’s a great translation. xxxooo