(11) Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state that I am, therewith to be content. (Philippians 4:11 KJV)
Something has been bothering me these past few weeks. I love to read other people’s blogs and get a sense of their personalities. Some bloggers inspire me to keep writing but here’s what bothers me. It saddens me that Christian Bloggers who teach God’s word barely get any views/likes. While those who blog Ten Steps to Happiness gets hundreds of views/likes. Here is why this makes me sad 95% of these self-help blogs leave God out of it completely. I begin to realize that their preaching temporary happiness. It’s disguised as self-improvement and there is nothing wrong with self-improvement but my problem is why not seek the one who created you. Why not seek the one who knows you better than you know your self? I’m not going to lie. I can’t give you the ten steps to happiness, but I can lead you to the one who can give you everlasting joy. Truth of the matter is that we shouldn’t be in pursuit of happiness, because here’s the secret. Happiness is contingent on what we have. We’re only happy if life is going the way that we desire. However, the moment life veers off track. The happiness that we thought that we obtained veers off track just as easily. I don’t want happiness. I’m chasing after contentment and joy. I don’t want something that is fleeting and momentary. I want the peace in knowing that I am content no matter what comes my way.
For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
The Apostle Paul tells us that whatever state that he was in that he learned to be content. In other words his contentment did not just happen over night. It takes time to grow into a place where we’re content even when life is not going how we thought that it should. Paul says whatsoever state I am. In this case state means the particular condition that someone or something is in at a specific time. In verse 12 Paul’s says he both knows how to abase and to abound. He’s basically saying that I’ve learned to be content whether I have little or whether I have much. How many of us can honestly say that we’re satisfied when we’re in a season of lack. It’s not always easy to be content. I know that. I’m human just like you. I struggle like everyone else in this area. What makes the difference is who do you turn to? Do you turn to self-help books? Taking advice from someone who barely has it together themselves.(How do I know this, simply because they’re human) or do you turn to God who holds the answers? A God who doesn’t struggle with anything. In Colossians it tells us.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3 KJV)
So let me ask you this question. If we know that our life is hid with Christ in God. Why do we search for something that is temporary in other things and other people. What this scripture is telling us is that what we are seeking is only found in him. It took me years to get that. Here’s another question. What do you want temporary happiness or permanent contentment? If its temporary happiness then I tell you to keep searching for it in other people and other things, but if its permanent contentment then I implore you to seek out Christ with whom your life is hid. With him you will find joy, love, peace, forgiveness. The best part of all that it will not be temporary.
The choice is up to you. Temporary happiness or permanent contentment?