We live in one of the best eras in world history, but it’s easy to be discontent with our lot in life. How can we live with contentment in all ages and stages of life? Paul shows us that Godliness with contentment is the pathway to happiness. There are three parts to true contentment: concern for others, trust in God, and dependence on God’s spirit. Having concern for others focuses our mind on something beyond ourselves. Trusting in God in every circumstance provides the foundation we need to find joy in our circumstance; it’s not what we have but who has us that brings contentment in our lives. Depending on God’s spirit helps us recognize that we aren’t strong enough on our own, but that we can do all things through God who strengthens us. When these three components are active in our lives, they provide us with God’s strength to find contentment in all circumstances and to capably pursue His will with joy.


Philippians 4:10-13