Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Contentment is characteristic of the Christian if we have Christ we have everything. Our desire is for fellowship with God and we would readily forsake all else to obtain it. The believer confesses this because they know who God is; that He is good.
This text, particularly verse 13 is often quoted by athletes in our day to boast in the ability to perform their craft. While God is certainly able to help in this regard the text here has nothing to do with those things. We are talks by about the ability to be content with any present circumstance either having an abundance or having nothing. Godliness with contentment is great gain. Christ empowers us to endure all things for His name and to do so with contentment and even joy. Fellowship with Him ensures this. Discontentment is an confession that the person is not satisfied with Jesus. We must wage war against all manner of lust that springs forth from the flesh. We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. Seek that power!
– Brother Pat Woods