3 Reasons We Must Learn Contentment

“Nothing is so sour that it can’t be sweetened by a good attitude.”

– Woodrow Kroll

Satisfied in God

John Piper, retired pastor, said that God is more glorified when we are most satisfied in Him. What does he mean? When we are satisfied in God, our circumstances don’t rule the day. We are satisfied in whatever comes our way because we are first and foremost satisfied in God; and when we are, we’ll be glorifying Him by our words and our actions. He will more glorified when we’re most satisfied in Him.

Satisfied With Life

The Apostle Paul endured severe hardship, so we would expect him to have times of discontentment. But Paul knew exactly what to do. He may have thought, “I will have learn to be content in these beatings, stonings, starvings, and imprisonments and dying of thirst, and imprisonments.” Paul wrote, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” (Philippians 4:11) and, “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” (Philippians 4:12). So how did Paul learn to be content in every situation? It wasn’t him but Christ, as he wrote, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

Satisfied in All Things

Do you think the psalmist was satisfied in God? He wrote, “I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness” (Psalm 17:15), and he looked forward to the kingdom and the day when God will “prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies” (Psalm 23:5a). But best of all, “I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” Psalm 23:6b).


If we look at our lives from an eternal perspective or viewpoint, then “nothing is so sour that it can’t be sweetened by a good attitude,” knowing that we can be satisfied in God, satisfied in life, and satisfied in everything because the day will come when we will see the Living God, face to face (Revelation 21:4, 22:4) for the very first time.