Paul shared he had “learned” by experience and come to the conclusion of being “content” because of what God had proven to him “I have learned to be content!” I was sharing this with someone this morning, like a cow sticking its head through the barbed wire fence of its enclosure trying to get to some grass, straining so, while behind it was fifty acres of lush grass, yet thinking if I could only have that piece beyond the fence I’d be satisfied it would be enough. When the serpent tempted Eve he had her look at the one thing God had prohibited and had her major on that in her thinking and not on all God had given her! And so the implication that God was holding out, He was not good… and how often we too can think this way, God has us in His circumstances, His “enclosure” for us and we wrongly think if we could just have something more then we would be satisfied, content, and we become fixated in what we don’t have and are discontent ultimately with God. Everything we need we have in Christ to be content. Focus on what you have and who He is, see Him in your circumstances and count your blessings one by one and celebrate Him who has done it. You don’t meet many people who are satisfied consistently… Paul had learned the secret to abasing or abounding and it was CHRIST,

“I can do all things,” abase and abound” through Christ who infuses me with strength,” and the result as he wrote this from prison,? ” I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. I have learned to be content -{Read Phil 4:11-13} –🙂