“You are my Lord; apart from You I have no good thing” Ps. 16:2
One of the words for content is, satisfied. And God has made us fully satisfied because of our relationship with Christ. Since that is so, when I become discontent or dissatisfied, I am actually saying God’s hand in my life is not sufficient to keep me content—which brings me to the unhappy conclusion that I am tearing at the fabric of my eternal relationship with my Lord and Savior. Rather than immersing myself in His Word and wearing the robe of true contentment and satisfaction, I have turned to my own sinful desires where I find, not surprisingly, discontentment. Lord Jesus, forgive my shallow desires and bathe me in your everlasting Word.
2 Cor 12:10 ~For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Romans 5:1-5 ~Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Also through Him, we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Phil 4:11 ~I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
2 Cor 9:8 ~And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
Heb 13:5-6 ~Your life should be free from the love of money. Be content with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you. This is why we can confidently say, The Lord is my helper, and I won’t be afraid. What can people do to me? Ps 118:6
What now? We are laid bare before God, our excuses piled high like cord wood, waiting for a heavenly match to set them afire, burning away the impurities with only glowing hot embers of faith and contentment in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ remaining.
Oh God, thank you for your eternal patience, grace and mercy. We see your light of hope gleaming brightly just over the horizon, beckoning us ever nearer to walk along this life-path hand-in-hand with You.
“But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sins.” 1 John 1:7