I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. Phil. 4:11-12 (ESV)
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” Heb. 13:5 (NLT)
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19 (NIV)
Dear heavenly Father, these verses are as familiar to me as sunrise and sunset; and yet, like the magnificent way you paint the morning and evening skyline, I can easily ignore the wonder of these words. First and foremost, I bless and adore you for being a Father who will never fail or abandon his children; and, secondly, for being a God who studies our needs, and who answers those needs with riches, not pittance. You are so present and loving, kind and generous.
Accordingly, Father, like Paul, I do want to learn more about contentment. For the more content I am, the more present I’ll be in relationships—not stressing or even thinking about what I don’t have; and the more generous I’ll become—for I’ll be quicker to acknowledge that everything I have, I’ve received as a gift from you; and the more flexible and spontaneous I’ll be in serving you—not being defined by or anchored to my creature comforts.
Father, growth in contentment is growth in grace, so supersize the chambers of my heart to receive more of your grace. Rescue me from my pathetically small notions of your love and goodness. Free me from the stranglehold of my unbelief; revealed in the fear I have in even praying for contentment. Liberate me for being, not just satisfied in Christ, but overwhelmed, smitten and in awe of every good thing you have given us in Jesus. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ powerful and beautiful name.