Our Daily Bread meditation by Dennis Fisher
Boethius lived in sixth-century Italy and served the royal court as a highly skilled politician. Unfortunately, he fell into disfavor with the king. He was accused of treason and imprisoned. While awaiting execution, he asked for writing materials so he could compose his reflections. Later, these became an enduring spiritual classic on consolation.
As Boethius sat in prison, pondering his bleak prospects, his faith in Christ infused his perspective:
“Nothing is miserable but what is thought so, and contrariwise, every estate is happy if he that bears it be content.”
He understood that our view of changing circumstances and contentment is a personal choice.
The apostle Paul reinforced the idea that the way we view our circumstances is more important than the circumstances themselves. While he too was in prison, he wrote:
“I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Phil. 4:11).
Both men could be content because they drew their ultimate satisfaction from God, who never changes.