I have decided that contentment is quite easy when everything is going well. But, is that really a test of contentment? I don't think so! We (Eddie and I), are at the beach as I write this. We have a beautiful place to stay, great food and the ocean to enjoy. How easy it is to be content!
Paul said, "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." (Philippians 4:11b - my emphasis)
Paul knew what it was like to have plenty (most of us do too). He also knew what it was like to be in need (many of us have also experienced real need). Paul had learned the secret of contentment - "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." (Phillipians 4:13) Jesus is the answer to contentment in ALL situations.
Contentment in our lives involves much more than whether we have plenty or we are in need. It involves every area of our lives - our self-image, our family, our husband, children, etc. It involves our jobs, our church, our houses and homes (there is a difference), and much, much more.
Have I learned to be content in my circumstances - in every area of my life? Can I say with Paul, "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation?" Paul had to learn contentment. We can too!