“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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.” -Philippians 4:11-12 (NIV)
We would all like to possess eternal happiness. It’s the driving force behind humanity’s utopian aspirations, where a world would be brought into existence where sorrow is absent and joy abounds. Many ideologies have sought utopia only to be dashed by the reality that as long as sin and wickedness persists in the world, a utopia is impossible to achieve by human hands. Thus, our contentment comes to depend on our circumstances. One day we may be elated because something wonderful has happened to us. The next day, we could be mournful because suffering has knocked on our door. It can be painful sometimes to endure this cycle of emotions and we long to find that sense of peace and contentment which will remain with us regardless of our present conditions.
Where then can we find that eternal sense of contentment? It cannot be found in anything of this world. Though we may find temporary solace in the things that this world may offer, it will not deliver on its promises of providing lasting contentment. Sometimes, such remedies will cause more misery than healing. True peace can only be found in Christ. Through His crucifixion and resurrection, He conquered the two sources of suffering in the world; sin and death. Christ, through His blood, has broken the grip sin has held over humanity so that those who believe in His sacrifice may allow Him to dwell in their hearts and begin His redemptive work to clear the remnants of our wickedness. But the sting of death has also been rendered helpless for through His resurrection, Christ has conquered the grave and promises that all who believe in Him will spend eternity with Him in Heaven; the only true utopia. Our whole perspective on life will change when we view our circumstances in the light of the hope we have through Christ. Will we still feel suffering? Yes. But for those who find rest in Christ, suffering will never be able to oppress us as we allow the peace that only He can give to invade our lives. It begins now!
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.