What do you think of when you think ‘contentment’?
Thanks to the handy online dictionary…
1. mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are
2. assenting or willing to accept circumstances, a proposed course of action
3. peace of mind; mental or emotional satisfaction
[thank you dictionary.com for the help]
What does it mean to be content in the Lord? How are we living each day ‘content’ in our relationship with Him? Are we happy/satisfied with what He is doing in our lives at this moment? Honestly, it is hard giving up my whole life to Him, not knowing what He has in store for me. I made a commitment to Christ to live each day the best I can for Him; and with that comes trusting Him with my life — this means both good and bad. Sounds simple right? Wrong. It is anything but simple. It is a daily challenge to fully give that day and everything within it to Him. I can say wholeheartedly there are times when I just think ‘God what are you doing? Why is this happening, or why I am still waiting for this?’ It isn’t easy not knowing what will happen or what won’t happen. Like I said, it’s a struggle.
Whenever I have that question of why - Philippians 4 always gives me hope…
vs. 10-12 “I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show 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. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.
In church last week the pastor spoke on this and reminded me that if I am in a period of ‘waiting’, it is a time where I can grow stronger in who I am in Him. It isn’t a time to wallow or isolate myself from everything else around me. What a great reminder of being ‘content’ in whatever situation — because the cool thing is that God isn’t surprised by it. He isn’t worried that things will work out, He is waiting for the perfect moment to reveal whatever it is we are waiting for.
Be content in who you are in Him. At the end of the day, that’s the person that matters most.
be blessed today.