"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." Philippians 4:12
I have to continually remind myself that Paul is writing these incredibly powerful and positive words from a miserable Roman dungeon surrounded by rats, roaches and chained to a Roman guard. He awakes to wonder if this day will be his last. Some days he hopes it will be.
I also remember that he could have been released from all of that distress in a matter of hours if he would have disavowed his faith and disowned his God.
But he had learned to be more contented in this prison than he could ever be in a palace.
How is that possible?
He had long ago come to a radical conclusion that what he had in Christ was greater that what he didn't have in life!
As miserable as the Roman dungeon was, and the Romans worked hard to keep them miserable. Paul had found himself in even greater distress.