What would it take for you to be content? Would it take thinner thighs, a great job, a believing spouse or children? How about lots of money?
Hello! Thanks for stopping by today. If you haven’t read my devotion today, The Secret of Contentment, I invite you to check it out. If you’ve stopped by to enter to win my CD Message, Cultivating a Heart of Contentment, leave a comment below. If you stopped by for some extra encouragement because you’re about to blow from the pressures of life, you’ve come to the right place. I know what pressure and stress feels like.
In fact, there are days when it feels like the whole world needs me all at once. Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever felt like the whole world is knocking at your door? Maybe you’re a mom with young children and you long for five minutes alone in the bathroom, but someone is knocking at the door. Perhaps you work in an office and you can barely see over the paperwork on your desk, but someone holding another pile of work is standing at your door. Or maybe you have a stack of bills to pay, a car that needs fixing and kids who have outgrown their clothes. You just long for 3 seconds of peace, but the phone is ringing, the buzzer on the stove is going off and someone is calling your name!
Before you blow your stack, remember Paul. He found the secret to contentment in all circumstances. He says, “contentment is learned.
“For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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” Phil 4: 11-12.
Contentment is learned. When you and I can say, “God I don’t like this situation. I didn’t plan it and I don’t like, but I trust you” we’ve learned to be content. Contentment isn’t found in a new house, lots of money or thinner thighs. It’s found in placing our trust in God.
When we trust the Lord, does that mean God will eventually remove us from our situation? He may or He may not. But being content frees us from the snare of wanting what we don’t have at the moment.
Let’s be clear, just because I don’t have what I want at the moment doesn’t mean God is saying “no” to my request. Sometimes He is simply saying, “Wait. Not now.” Being content is what gets us through the “wait.”
What are you waiting on—the restoration of a relationship, healing, understanding, guidance? Whatever it is, leave it in a comment below and I’ll be happy to pray for you.