11 Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. Philippians 4:11 (AMP)
I was sharing with my Myanmar Home Assistant during our weekly Bible Study and explaining the meaning of contentment. Coming from a third world country and living now in first world country like Singapore, she looked at me incredulously – how can she remain content without money, home and family ( being an orphan)?
The Bible clearly teaches us to “be content” no matter what our circumstances are. The Amplified Bible describes being content as “satisfied to the point where you are not disturbed or disquieted”. It doesn’t say satisfied to the point where you don’t want change, but satisfied for now until God brings the change. Philippians 4:6-7 sheds more light in this area by saying, “Have no anxiety about anything, but in all things by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, continue to let God know what you want”, and verse 7 “the peace that passes understanding shall keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus”. Don’t be upset about anything, no matter what is happening. Pray about it, and tell God your need. While you are waiting for God to move, be a very thankful and grateful person for all that God has done for you already.