Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything, I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need. (Philippians 4:11-13 NLT)
While under house arrest for almost two years in Rome, Paul preached and taught about God’s Kingdom to everyone who would listen (Acts 28:30-31). Earlier in jail with Silas in Philippi, he entertained the other prisoners with prayers and hymns. How did he do it, finding joy in such difficult situations?
The secret was in relying on Christ in all circumstances, whether he had much or little, everything or nothing. Paul cared less about what God’s will was than he did about being faithful in all of life’s circumstances. True contentment comes through faithfully living in God’s will, whatever it is.
"Next to faith this is the highest art - to be content with the calling in which God has placed you."
- Martin Luther