I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
The point of these verses is obviously contentment in Christ in the midst of life's difficult circumstances. But until recently I was never truly faced with circumstances that required me to do a self-examination to see if I was really content in Christ.
Now Philippians 4 speaks to me in a whole new light as I have been faced with a situation that required me to see where my contentment was truly found. And I can honestly say that I am not so sure that I am quite there yet; but I definitely believe that God is using my circumstance and this passage to help me discover that true contentment comes from and in Him.
Something else that stood out to me in this passage like never before when reading it is that just like the Philippians partnered with Paul in his ministry at both the spiritual and practical level(4:14-16), my local church has done the same with me and my family.
As Paul pointed out in verse 17, we were not seeking this gift of support from the church, but it has been incredible to see the body of Christ surround us with both spiritual and practical support in this time. It has been both a testimony of their fruit to the body of Christ, but also to those that are not yet part of the family of God.
One friend even commented, "I am starting to think that maybe the rest of us need to start going to church because it seems like it doesn't matter what type of situation you guys face, it always seems to work out."
The truth is that this is a testimony of the church being the church. And what our friend is seeing is that although we face difficult circumstances just as she does, we have an unexplainable provision and contentment that allows us to have joy at all times as seen in 4:4.
So if you are struggling to find your contentment in Christ then start today. Embrace the truth that God is enough and that in Him you can do all things and face every kind of circumstance in life. Be content - God is enough.