Simpler Days

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” (Philippians 4:11 )

There was a time all we needed to be happy was a full stomach and clean clothes. Then we wanted those things and to have someone with us and be entertained. And from there the needs and wants became more complicated. But thinking about it, those four needs are still pretty basic; it is the fulfilling of them that is complicated.

The writer of Philippians says that has known times of plenty and times of need. “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. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. “ (verses 12-13) These times refers to both the needs of sustenance and companionship. He says in verse 10, “I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it,” so he knows that he is not alone. But even in that his need for companionship was not overwhelming such that he could not function. But it was pleasant when he knew he was not alone.

The peace that this perspective on life and living is not so much peace in action but peace of mind. One is content when one’s basic needs are filled, and if the fulfillment is not in abundance but in minimal levels one is still content and has peace.

We surround ourselves with so many “things” that are designed to feed and clothe us, entertain us and insure companionship. And yet we crave and clamor for more. The theory has been put forth that this craving for more is driven by an emptiness inside of us. And if that emptiness is filled, the craving goes away. And I think that the writer of Philippians has realized that, and the emptiness that was inside of him was filled and so he wants for nothing else.

May you gentle reader be filled by the Spirit of God who satisfies every need so that you may know peace of mind, and peace. Selah!