Philippians 4:11 ~ Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have
learned in whatever state I am, to be content:
Contentment comes from being comforted by THE Comforter, the Holy Spirit. Being comfortable is NOT the same as being comforted.
Comfortable is: Being free from stress or tension and enjoying the security of your current state.
Christians are not called to be “comfortable,” if we were, we would have no need for a Comforter. (the Holy Ghost) In fact, if you find yourself too comfortable, you are probably not obeying God in some areas of your life.
Notice that Paul had to “learn” how to be content? That indicates a process. He lived a life that was full of excitement, miracles and wonder, but you never see him comfortable. Yet he learned to be content.
The big questions are this: Was he believing to rise up out of those hard places? Was He believing to be set free from prison? Was his disciple Timothy comfortable with his stomach problems? Do you think that Paul and Timothy prayed for Timothy’s healing that they both knew was provided in Christ’s redemption? Or were they so comfortable being sick and in prison that they chose to not excersise their faith to recieve deliverence and healing, deciding to be “content” with where they were?
When we see promises from God that we are not walking in fully, be it healing, peace, wisdom, the fullness of the Spirit, or material and financial blessing, it is wrong to be passive and “comfortable” with where we are and not put forth the effort to increase our faith to recieve it ALL. That is being spiritually irresponsible and spiritually lazy.
Learn to be “content” where you are, but if you are comfortable staying there, you are probably not stretching your faith like it needs to be.
God is always moving up and forward, there is no status quo with Him. He will
constantly be asking you to do things that are beyond your capabilities. When you are involved with doing something that you know you are incapable of, YOU WILL NEED A COMFORTER. If you are not living every day with a need for the Comforter, You are not living life to its fullest.