“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”
To be content in all things is to find peace. To find peace is to find the key of life. To find the key of life is to learn how to live. However, to find initial contentment is to learn the love of Christ and trust Him completely.
To trust Christ completely, a person has to let go of everything they once were. To let go of everything one was, a person must let go of preconceived ideas. To release previous ideas, a person must deny the narcissism that culture provides them as truth.
To be content in Christ is to accept His sovereign control in much and in little. Peace is found in the discovery of complete surrender to the fact that God is just. ‘God is good.’ A term used so loosely holds the greatest key to life. In the darkest storm of humanity, God shows Himself sovereign in His judgment of rule.
On must release the notion that they themselves are not capable of pleasing God. Though current society is focused on the power of ‘you,’ God is looking for the power of none. The population conceives that they are special in themselves, when in truth, they are all the same in their self-reliance. On their own, ordinary, with Christ, extraordinary.
God is looking for the power of a person who can completely lay aside themselves for the purpose of establishing a place for the Spirit within their being. It is not out of a person which incredible things come, it is out of the ability that God has given. If only a follower of Christ would understand that all is from God, He is in control, and He alone is worthy of praise, contentment will be attained. Peace will be conceived and the God of glory will be exalted.