I missed the deadline for the Carnival of Beauty this week as I’ve been keeping busy with other things. However, when I noticed that the topic was Contentment I decided to look up some verses quickly to see what the Bible had to say. Here’s what I found:
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
1 Timothy 6:5-7
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and 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.
The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.
As I read these words I felt convicted. I do not have the contentment that I should as a child of God. Not that I lust after riches or don’t appreciate the blessings the Lord has given me, but in my daily life I always seem to be waiting for things to get better. My life always feels like it’s in a transition and I never can settle in and get comfortable.
I realize now that it’s not the circumstances of my life that cause this discontentment, but my own choice not to rest in the Lord. Certainly my life is less chaotic than the Apostle Paul who was always on the move enduring beatings, stonings, shipwrecks, and imprisonments. And yet he had found “the secret” of being content in every situation (Phil 4:12). Now that I know the secret I hope that I can learn to be content also.
"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our Lord stands forever. Isaiah 40:8
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