Contentment #2 – Smartphone Fever

Contentment #2 – Smartphone Fever
Phil Piasecki | Worship Leader

Today it seems like everyone has a smartphone. Odds are you are currently reading this devotional from an iPhone or Android device. Many of us have jobs where we rely on our smartphone, and many of us live our lives in a way that is dependent on that device. The smartphone developers have come up with a brilliant marketing ploy to go along with these phones, to make a “bigger and better one” every year. We all know the feeling when that new phone is released and immediately we feel like our current phone is the worst thing ever. All of a sudden, it “does not work as well” or “has been extra slow recently.”  We all know these are just the things we tell ourselves to justify buying the latest and greatest. These companies understand that the human race struggles with contentment, and they are capitalizing off it. Godly contentment is something that each of us need to strive for, and it applies to so much more than just material goods.

Philippians 4:11-14 says,Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 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.”

When Paul writes this letter, he was literally sitting in a jail cell. I think of all the places in the world we would think it is ok not to be content; it would be a jail cell! Here is Paul, explaining that he has learned to be content in every situation, no matter the current circumstances of his life. Many people want to read Philippians 4:13 without acknowledging the previous verses. When Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ,” he is saying that even in the worst circumstances in life, he can find contentment in Christ. How often do you find yourself in a situation in life where you are not content? We all can point to times in our lives where we failed at finding our contentment in Christ. I know that I am guilty of not being content with my material goods. I see a new car or the latest tech gadget and desire for those things swells up inside of me. Instead, I should be grateful for the things that Christ has given me and not covet after the things that I do not have. You may be in a job you hate, be struggling with direction in your life, or personally be going through a tough time. Look to Christ for your contentment. Seek after Christ, understanding that He is the only thing that can fulfill you. When we look for fulfillment in the things of this world, we will find ourselves discontented. Our circumstances are always changing, but through Christ, we can always be content.

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