Unlimited: The Secret of Contentment
Sep 18, 2019 1845
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances (Philippians 4:11, NIV).
Contentment is not our natural propensity. Covetousness, discontent, and murmuring are as natural to us as thorns are to the soil. We do not need to sow thistles and brambles and we do not need to teach men to complain.
If we want to have wheat, we must plough and sow; if we want flowers, there must be the garden, and all the gardener’s care. Contentment is one of the flowers of heaven. If we are to have it, it must be cultivated; it will not grow in us by nature.
It is the new nature alone that can produce it. Even then we must be especially careful and watchful to maintain and cultivate the grace which God has sown in us. Paul says, “I have learned … to be content;” which means he did not know how to be content at one time.
It cost him some pains to attain the mystery of that great truth. No doubt he sometimes thought he had learned, and then broke down.
Do not indulge the notion that you can be contented with learning or learn without discipline. It is not a power that can be exercised naturally, but a science to be acquired gradually. We know this from experience. Let us hush that murmur that comes naturally and continue to be a diligent student in the College of Content.
– Charles Spurgeon (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: Do you have times where you have experienced the secret of contentment no matter your circumstances? How can you grow in the secret of contentment? Where do you struggle most to be content? How is Jesus the answer to your challenge with being content?