Many of us live lives full of anxiety and insecurity. This only leads to a loss of joy and contentment. In 4:11 Paul claims to have learned how to be content no matter the circumstances.
There is much to consider in Philippians and any of it would be interesting and worthwhile. However, as we read through each chapter, I have chosen each day to concentrate on Paul’s secrets to a life of contentment and joy.
Paul begins his book with great confidence in the future of the Philippians:
Of this I’m convinced: the one who began a good work in you will thoroughly complete it by the day of King Jesus. (1:6)
He has also been able to see how God has used his imprisonment to “help the gospel on it’s way” and to bring “new confidence to most of the Lord’s family” (1:12-14).
Though Paul desired for his own sake to go to be with God, he was able to be content with however long he lived because it meant he still had chances to benefit others in the Lord (1:21-27).
In the point that may be most astounding to me in this chapter, Paul is able to rejoice even in the preaching of false teachers seeking only power and money because at least the good news about Jesus is being spread (1:18). That’s a new way to view the Jim Bakkers and Ted Haggards that make Christianity seem so corrupt.
Secret To Contentment #1: Anchor your confidence in God’s ability to orchestrate the future in the way He knows is best rather than your own ability and foresight, and joy and peace can be much more constant. God is in control and it’s going to be okay.