Philippians 4:12-13 – “Be contented”


Philippians 4:12-13: “12 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. 13 I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”

How many of us can truly say we were contented with being housebound because of the lockdown in our country? How many of us felt restless and find it hard to work at home with so many distractions? Let us learn from the apostle Paul the secret of contentment in any and every situation including a partial lockdown.

The problem many of us face is that we are conditioned to think of striving for something better, something more. Our natural instinct is to try to get a better job and get a better salary. To get a better car so that we will have a more comfortable ride to where we want to go. We want a bigger house so that everyone in our families can have a bit more room. If we get what we want, we think we will be contented. Isn’t that true? So, during the lockdown, we thought we would be contented only when the restrictions to our freedom were removed. We thought we would be contented when we have what we wanted.

But God inspired Paul to share the secret of contentment with us. True contentment does not come when we have everything we want. True contentment is wanting only what you have. Think about it! During the time of lockdown, you had more time on your hands simply because you did not need to waste time in the daily commute to work. You did not have to attend business meetings. If you had online meetings, they were kept short and to the point. With more time on your hands, you were able to spend time talking to God in prayer. You were able to spend more time reading the Bible. More people are turning to God because of the global Covid-19 pandemic. You had sufficient food at home and if not, you could order for home deliveries. And if you and your family observed the lockdown seriously, the likelihood of getting infected was much reduced. Your home is probably the safest place that God have provided for you at this time. So, contentment comes from wanting only what you have already.

Paul knew that contentment did not come from having a lot of things or not having enough. He had been through good and bad times. He had learnt to be content in every situation. And the reason behind the secret of his contentment is that he had found that he could do everything through Christ who gave him strength. Paul knew that he could do nothing on his own without the Lord’s help. So, if you are unhappy and bored during the lockdown, it is time to learn the secret of true contentment.


Let us pray: Heavenly Father, please forgive us for sometimes being dissatisfied with the circumstances in our lives. For give us for complaining. May you teach us to be contented in every situation for we know we have complete adequacy through the Lord Jesus. In His precious name we pray. Amen.



  1. Are you contented with what you have or are there many things that you still desire? If so, what are they?
  2. During the lockdown, were you contented or discontented? Why?
  3. The secret of contentment is to be satisfied with what you already have. Do you agree with this thinking? Why or Why not?
  4. What must you now do to be contented, if you are not contented?