Godly contentment pays big dividends (1 Timothy 6:6-7), yet it is one of the hardest aspects of life to find, to enter, and in which to dwell permanently. There is so much in this world that distracts us from contentment.
We hurry and hassle over too many matters that have no eternal consequence or reward. They embroil us in conflict, and overwhelm us in discouragement, bitterness, anger and hopelessness.
Jesus promises that in this world, we shall have tribulation (John 16:33). Then He reminds us not to worry, because He abides within us, and He already overcame everything we will ever experience. We can abide in His Godly contentment through it all.
Some people lack drive and ambition, and they enjoy a life of idleness, apathy and indifference (Amos 6:1). Others strive to better themselves by taking on more and more and ending up entrapped in over-commitment and anxiety.
Whether we live in apathy, or we strive for more, we often end up discontented and unfulfilled. Once we come into the presence of the Lord, however, we cease from our labors and enter into the true Sabbath rest of God (Hebrews 4:10).
Contentment does not come naturally for most people. We are born with the desire to want more. As we learn to be content (Philippians 4:11-13), we live a life of accepting with joy whatever struggles or blessings we meet during our day.
We allow patience to have her perfecting work in us (James 1:4-12), and we walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:15-25), rather than according to our own goals, direction and desires. Contentment comes from living in the center of God’s perfect plans for us.
Father God, when we sit contentedly at Jesus’ feet, ready to receive whatever He has for us each day (1 Corinthians 2:9). We show our faith in You by our works of obedience to Your Spirit. This deep, abiding contentment allows us to rejoice in You regardless of our circumstances (Philippians 4:4).
We are not anxious, because with gratitude in our heart, we bring every issue that we face before You in prayer (Philippians 4:6). In giving praise to You in every situation that we face, we offer You a fragrant, acceptable and pleasing offering; and in return, You supply all of our needs according to Your glorious riches (Philippians 4:19).
Thought for the Day:
By focusing on God’s truth, righteousness and purity, we think only on positive, admirable and noble concepts. This allows the peace of God, which is not influenced by our human perception, to guard our thoughts and emotions in Christ. – Philippians 4:7-8