Bible Devotions

Contentment

on April 9, 2008

Contentment is such a pleasant sounding word. It conjures pictures of green meadows, trickling stream, peacefulness, and calm serenity. Contentment is a place where all your needs are cared for. It sounds like fantasy doesn’t it? Is this for real?

I’m here to tell you “yes, contentment is real and it’s possible”. The apostle Paul talked about this contentment in Philippians 4:10-12 when he said “have learned in whatever state I am, to be content”. I know this place exists, for I myself have been there from time to time.

What do you mean you’ve been there from time to time? Aren’t you content? Yes and no, I can let the contentment go by allowing many things to tempt me to step out of contentment, just like you. What things interfere with contentment? How about stress, anxiety, worry, striking, jealousy, greed, envy, bitterness, angry, fear, insecurity, or uneasiness? (See 2 Corinthians 12:19-21, Galatians 5:19-21)

Contentment for me is confidence in the Lord. Psalm 118:8 says “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” Resting in Him, relying on His promises and trusting God no matter what I must face each day is how I demonstrate confidence in Him. (Proverbs 3:26, Proverbs 14:26, Isaiah 30:15)

Contentment is a reward for losing my life to God. Look at 1 Timothy 6:6 NKJV “Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” I don’t mean we ran out and commit suicide. Rather I’m referring to a wholehearted commitment to living God’s way. We learn to give Him everything because He gave His everything that we might live.

How do we get to this place called the contentment? The directions are easy but the journey may be challenging. Contentment comes from God. Therefore the path to contentment always begins with drawing closer to God. There are many ways to get closer to God: read the Bible, pray, fellowship with other believers, worship, go to church, serve others and on and on. What you choose is up to you. Our part is to seek God. God’s part is to guide us. And He is faithful to do just that.

Next we begin trusting God. Start by giving to God something bothering you and then watch how He takes care of it. Keep a journal of how God answered your prayers because referring back to all God has done will help us trust him more.

Lastly we act based on our trust in God. What does this look like? This will be different from person to person. God has shaped each one of us differently. Therefore the action we take will depend on which gifts, talents, abilities, life experiences, and personality God’s given us. When we start using all we have been given we not only glorify and honor God but also demonstrate our trust in him.

How is your contentment?

Lord Jesus, in you we find contentment. Thank you for it your healing touch, forgiveness of sins and the power to live for God honoring life. Draw us closer so we may experience your contentment stay and every day. In your name we pray amen.

© Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word. For more devotions, bible studies and a recommended book store, visit http://www.ThinkOnItDevotions.com today.

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