Happy New Month 🙂
What do you define contentment as?
As individuals we all have a different definition of contentment. For a long time, I used to think that I would be content when a certain thing happened. After it happened I would have a greater goal to accomplish. In my folly, I even thought that achieving contentment was a good yardstick to use to measure God’s love for me. I said in my folly 🙂 . Yet I knew and I still know that the statement of His love for me was displayed at Calvary long before I was born. It’s rather sad how my desires made that fact seem a little hazy.
One day as I was going on and on about what would make me really content, my husband turned to me and told me that ‘I need to learn to be content in every circumstance. If I let my contentment be defined by events or achievements the source of my contentment will keep changing.’
That really left me with a lot of food for thought. I realized I didn’t know how to be content regardless of my circumstances and I had to ask God to teach me what contentment is all about because I was clearly chasing after shifting shadows.
The Secret of Contentment
Psalm 26:3 (NIV)
for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.
There is a safety in knowing that God’s love NEVER FAIL and NEVER GIVES UP ON YOU.
The secret to contentment is living in reliance on His faithfulness.
Otherwise, contentment will always morph into something else having a boyfriend/girlfriend; eventually getting married; getting a car; then getting a bigger car; owning a home and land; buying designer clothes, shoes, perfumes; having a child; and having grandchildren.
At one point you think you are satisfied but after a couple of days, you realize that you desire more.
The truth is that ONLY God can satisfy us.
Psalm 90:14 (NIV)
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Material possessions bring LIMITED joy. The things may luster for a couple of days, weeks, months and even years then a new craving strikes.
His unfailing love brings lasting satisfaction.
Being content does not translate to getting comfortable and becoming lazy. You still work hard and achieve your goals. Being content means that circumstances do not define your happiness. It means that you are confident in God’s unfailing love regardless of how things are panning out. It may be easier said than done, but it is such a liberating way to live. Ask Paul.
Philippians 4:11b – 13 (NIV)
for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Paul really understood contentment. His searched for it and found it. Even as life threw several curve balls is way he still remained content.
Happiness comes from contentment; contentment comes from knowing God and trusting His unfailing love.
May we walk in contentment.