Contentment is not complacency. Neither is it disengagement, or an uncaring numbness toward life. Rather, it is the joyous rest found in trusting God to handle all things, especially those I am powerless to effect or change.

Paul understood this when he said “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content … I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11).

The “all things” are not winning basketball games, signing big accounts, or other selfish pursuits. Paul is talking about finding contentment in those situations where his heart is naturally predisposed to doubt, dissatisfaction, and despair. And he found it through a radical trust in the promises and providential care of Almighty God. Those same promises and care are ours today, through Jesus Christ the Lord. Christian … be content!