People spend a tremendous amount of time, energy, and income trying to reach a place of deep equilibrium. We struggle to find peace. We wrestle to finally get to a place of deep inner contentment. We may change jobs, or careers, or pick up the whole family and relocate our entire lives in the effort to do so.
Paul said he has cracked the code. He has learned how to arrive at and live in a place of deep inner poise.
Paul learned how to be content by coming to the conclusion that his peace and joy were never sourced by situations… never tethered to circumstance… never provided through externals. His contentment came solely from His relationship with Jesus Christ.
By the ministry of God the Holy Spirit, Paul cracks the code and has it written down to pass on to us. In Philippians 4:10-13 Paul tells us to expose the lie of covetousness by confronting our idols. He tells us that contentment is not an “aha moment.” It is learned. It’s a process. He encourages us to preach the gospel to ourselves daily because our value, worth, and identity are derived from what Jesus Christ alone did for us on Calvary’s cross. And finally, contentment comes from developing communion with God, as we meditate on His word, dwell on His faithfulness, and learn to plumb the depths of personal prayer.
No wonder he uses a conjunction to tie these thoughts together with the concluding encouragement to his favorite church. “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19