The scales of contentment

Happy. All good. Ok. No problem. These are all terms of satisfaction or pleasure. When we hear these expressions and dig deeper we will often find that what people say about their contentment includes a little coverup or denial.

Not that I speak in respect of lack: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Philippians 4:11

When we say we are content we may be referring to

  • Hilarity
  • Not being picky – sardines or salmon
  • Laughing
  • Being undisturbed or unmoved
  • Fully satisfied
  • Somewhat satisfied

Paul’s contentment with “whatever” is over against himself not the things missing. I did learn at some point to look at myself and say a grateful yeah and amen.

Among those who are incapable of standing on this ground are folks who take no gift from God. They have to earn everything they enjoy. They prefer to pretend that they have (1) found God by searching (2) are pleasing God by doing all he wants (3) eternal life is a thing we attempt. Only a person in receipt of the divine gift can say what Paul says, “With whatever I am content”.

Yahweh is my shepherd: I do not fall short.