"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" (Philippians 4:11–13). In the race of faith, it is crucial to remember that our contentment is not determined by our circumstances. We often want to blame circumstances for our discontent, but that's barking up the wrong tree.
Contentment is determined by what we believe. And our belief is fueled by what we're seeing. So if you need to lay aside the weight (Hebrews 12:1) of discontentment today -- the sinful kind that stems from disappointment and leads to grumbling -- begin by looking at what you're looking at.
Contentment Comes by Seeing the Treasure
When Paul wrote the words above, he was in prison (again). Prisons were nasty places in Paul's day and he knew he could potentially die. The death he contemplated would not be pleasant.
[Read the rest of the article at Desiring God.]