How do you reach the high place of contentment?

Author: Rev. Esther Holmes
May 10, 2018

Think about it!   Phil 4:11-12 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 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.
How did Paul reach this high place of contentment?  He says he came to learn it – he wasn’t always like this.  The thorn in the flesh spoken of in II Cor 12:7 gives us a hint to the secret.  Paul didn’t like it, he struggled, he couldn’t reconcile himself to it, he was impatient, but he came to accept and allow the instruction from it.
Conditions are always changing.
What matters is my soul and relationship to God.
I must never forget God is in control and loves me.
I know whatever God permits is for my own good.
Every situation in life is showing me God’s love.
My conditions are the working of my maturity.
All conditions will pass and can’t rob me of eternity.
Paul learned to find satisfaction in Christ.  We must learn to know God.  To depend on Him; to commune with Him.
Paul had such an intimate relationship with Christ that he wasn’t dependent an anything else.  Heb 12:1-4  Paul looked to Jesus for everything.  II Cor 4:17-18
Rock of Ages, Cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee…