But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4: 10-13
The word for content in the Greek is autarkes which means self-sufficient or needing no help or assistance (Vine). Its really the opposite of worry, fear and anxiety as Paul pointed out in Philippians 4:6-7
How Paul was able to say he was content in whatever circumstances is just crazy to me! But he shows us how. Christ! Because he knew Christ as his Lord he could face any thing. Paul explains…
He says in verse 12 “I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.” Philippians 4:12
It was knowing Christ and His strength!
Then the famous verse that is so often taken out of context. Paul says even though I’m hungry, or having it all, even though I’m suffering much need, regardless of my circumstances. Because of all that Paul just said in the previous verses. Here it comes, don’t miss it……
I can do all things through Him (Christ) who strengthens me
Beloved in these uncertain times we are in, let’s take Pauls example and be content in our circumstances. Instead of worrying, pray, instead of being filled with anxiety read His word the Bible! Learn to cultivate an attitude of contentment.
And I trust if you are in need your Church families are meeting those needs!
…and that’s a beautiful thing!