"I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content." - Phillipians 4:11.
THESE words show us that contentment is not a natural propensity of man."Ill weeds grow apace."
Covetousness, discontent, and mumuring are as natural to man as thorns are to the soil.
We need not sow thistles and brambles; they come up naturally enough, because they are indigenous to earth: and so, we need not teach men to complain; they complain fast enough without any education. But the precious things of earth must be cultivated.
If we would have wheat, we must plough and sow; if we want flowers, there must be the garden, and all the gardener's care.
Now, contentment is one of the flowers of heaven, and if we would have it, it must be cultivated; it will not grow in us by nature; it is the new nature alone that can produce it, and even then we must be specially careful and watchful that we maintain and cultivate the grace which God has sown in us. Paul says "I have learned...to be content;" as much as to say, he did not know how at one time.
It cost him some pains to attain the mystery of that great truth.
No doubt he sometimes thought he had learned, and then broke down again.
And at last he had attained unto it, and could say, "I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content," he was an old, grey-headed man, upon the borders of the grave - a poor prisoner shut up in Nero's dungeon at Rome. We might well be willing to endure Paul's infirmities, and share the cold dungeon with him, if we too might by any means attain unto his good degree.
Do not undulge the notion that you can be contented with learning, or learn without discipline.
It is not a power that may be exercised naturally, but a science to be acquired gradually.
We know this from experience. Brother, hush that murmur, natural though it be, and continue a diligent pupil in the College of Content.
- Charles H Spurgeon
"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
- Isaiah 40:31
Many blessings in the Lord!
Painting by Clark James