11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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.

What is contentment? The dictionary defines contentment as a feeling of satisfaction for one’s situation. But, you might say, my situations are constantly changing for better or for worse. So, if our satisfaction rests on our situation, it would be impossible to be content in all situations.

Thankfully, that definition of contentment is lacking. That definition has an earthly perspective and is a counterfeit for what true contentment is. So, what is true contentment. I think the key is replacing the source of our satisfaction. As long as the source of our satisfaction is of this world, our contentment will waiver. But, if we shift our source of satisfaction to something that is eternal, like God, His works, His ways, His kingdom, then our contentment can be certain and lasting.

Paul tells us that he has figured out the secret. He has learned how to apply this to the ups and downs of life. Have you learned the secret yet? Can you fix your eyes on the author and finisher of your faith no matter what your circumstances are? Can you draw your satisfaction from knowing Him who is the same yesterday, today, and forever? My past is Christ; my present is Christ; my future is Christ. If you can see that, if you can say that, you are well on your way to mastering contentment.

With Jesus as my source, it’s satisfaction guaranteed!