Because the Lord is with us, we can do all things through Him including being content in every situation. Discontentment gives us a desire to live in another place, have another job, buy more stuff or be another person. Advertisements show pictures of another thing, or another place, that seem to be what we need to have a better life. Nothing in the natural can satisfy.
Our contentment is in Christ, not in this or that. If we get our contentment from this or that, we will go up and down constantly as this or that will always change and never be enough. It’s through our knowledge of Christ that we learn to be content.
We learn that Christ works all things together for our good. We learn He provides for us in the midst of all situations. We learn He has a glorious plan for our lives and that He enables us to walk through every challenge–and He uses it to bring forth His perfect will. We learn to be content because we truly can do all things through Christ. We find that not only do we go from strength to strength, but also from glory to glory!
Philippians 4:11-13 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. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
In all things we are to give thanks unto God. It’s the will of God for us in Christ Jesus. In any circumstance, we can thank God, trusting that He is working all things together for our good. It’s not for all things; it’s in all things because all things do not come from Him. The devil, the world and the flesh are the source of many undesired things, but our God is our very present help in times of trouble.
In whatever situation we find ourselves, we give thanks to God, by faith, knowing He is bringing His victory to the situation. Everything means everything, no matter how small or how big. God cares about everything that pertains to us. He watches over us, handling every detail. Along with giving Him thanks in all things, He tells us to pray without ceasing; and to rejoice forevermore. We can’t always rejoice in our circumstances, but we can always rejoice in the Lord.
Regardless of how long it takes for us to see the results of what the Lord has prepared for us, we never cease to pray. Not only do we have hope, but we rejoice forevermore because one day we will look back on today and give glory to God for what He has done. We can depend on God’s faithfulness. We can thank Him in all things because He knows all things, He can do all things, and He uses all things in our lives to take us… from glory to glory!
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”