The Great Secret

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 (Philippians 4).

“Contentment” is something to be “learned” — we are neither endowed with it at birth, nor is it a spiritual gift after we are born again.  It is to be “learned”  and there is only one way to learn it — by experiencing both want and plenty.  Contentment is the great “secret” whispered to the heart — that life is about the things of God and not about the things of this world.  

The great secret reveals the folly of the things of this world, that one can be just as miserable with things as without them, that deep unhappiness can live in the midst of need or plenty, that contentment finds its lodging in the soul and not in the body.  It teaches that it is folly to seek happiness for the body, which can never be satiated, and that true contentment is that upon which only the soul can thrive.

Dear Lord, we thank You for any measure of contentment You are teaching us in these days.  On This Day at least, may we learn the lesson well.  Amen.