January 5 The Key to Contentment

scripture reading: Philippians 4:11–13
key verse: 1 Timothy 6:6

Godliness with contentment is great gain.

Secrets—whether a grandmother’s special recipe or a company’s unique product formula—are rarely revealed. In his letter to the Philippian church, the apostle Paul provided all who would read the Scriptures with the secret of contented living.

Paul announced to them and us that he was content in life whether he had scraps for dinner or a feast, whether his purse was flat or bulging. He shared his secret in Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

The Greek word for contentment is translated “self–sufficiency” or “self–satisfaction.” That may surprise you. At first glance, Paul appeared to say that the secret to contentment lay in his resilient self.

But he was expressing this: “My self–sufficiency, my level of contentment, lies in the sufficiency of Christ to meet my every need. I can endure rain or shine, darkness or light, sorrow or joy, because through Him, I am equipped and sustained.”

Paul’s secret is yours. Despite circumstances, you can enjoy true contentment when you accept the truth that Christ is adequate for your every need—in good times and bad.

Help me be content despite the circumstances of my life. O God, my sufficiency is in Your ability to meet my needs. In You, I am equipped to face the challenges of this day.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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