Contentment


 

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Hebrews 13:5 ESV

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Have you ever felt like you wanted to do something exciting, but there was something stopping you? You felt like you needed some kind of break, but could not find it. All of us, at one point or another, have felt completely hopeless and helpless in our life circumstances. Furthermore, at times we feel discontent with our circumstances which lead to further bitterness and more discontentments.

Can you share a moment in your life where you felt discontent with your circumstances? What were your desires and thought patterns that led you to be discontent?

Although you may feel discontent in your circumstances, the real joy comes from knowing and believing in Christ through your circumstances. God never promised a care-free life or no trials. It surprises me at times when I hear of Christians who are startled that they are found in a trial. Didn’t they know that being a Christian means that life is going to be filled with trials and tribulations? I heard one preacher say, “We are either in a trial, coming out of a trial, or just about to enter a new trial”. That is so true. In the Western civilization, we still have it pretty easy. We don’t have to give up our life to defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ as other believers in other parts of the world who are hostile to Christianity. If you hear and follow T.V. evangelists who only preach prosperity and health – well that’s for another blog.

In the meantime, God has placed you in your current circumstances to heat you up so that he can mold you into the image of His son Jesus Christ. Iron cannot be shaped into different models until it is heated to high temperatures. The heat must be so high that the iron must turn red in order for it to be soft enough to be molded to any shape. The same thing can be true in our Christian life. God, at times, raises the heat in our life so high that we feel like we are turning red from the intense pressure. He softens all the rough edges. That is precisely what God intends to do with His children so that He can mold them into the image of His son. The very circumstances you are facing today are planned out by God, and it is His best for you now.

You may be going through bouts of unemployment, health issues, marital problems or even a bad boss. Just remember one thing: God is sovereign over your life. If you are His child, you can rest assured that He has a plan for you and that plan is for your good. It is God’s best for you right now. It is futile to resist Him and fight against the goads. He will always win. If you yield yourself and your desires and pursuits and give them over to God, He will mold you into a person that He can use for His glory. Most Christians want to be used for God’s glory, but forget that there is a process that God must first complete in us so that we can be useful in His hands. That process is called sanctification. Sanctification means to be “set apart”. Christians are called to be set apart from this world and its sinful desires. God separates us from the love of this world and its sinful passions and brings us closer to Himself by the process of sanctification. It involves heat – namely trials and tribulations. That separation process of heating all the impurities from our life is very painful, but very rewarding at the end.

True contentment does not come from our circumstances as Satan wants us to believe. True contentment does not come from acquiring more wealth and more stuff or making yourself look more beautiful. All that shall pass away with time. What remains is what you do for God and how you have reacted to the tests that God has placed you under.  Yield to Him and let Him finish the work that He has started in you until He completes it (Phil. 1:6). These circumstances, these trials, these problems are God’s best for you right now. Don’t run away from them. Submit under the mighty hand of God and He will lift you up in due time (1 Peter 5:5). Wait patiently on Him until He completes this perfect work in you so that you will be ready for the next round of trials. God does His miraculous work in you and through you when you encounter various trials so that He will be lifted high and be praised. You might be the only Bible unbelievers will ever read in their life. Your life is an open book that is scrutinized every day. Do they read about the same God that is written in the Bible? Is your behavior and attitude consistent with the truths spoken of in the scriptures?

Thank you for reading my blog. If you found this encouraging or want to comment about something, please comment below and let me know. I take your comments seriously.

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