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What’s The Content of Your Contentment?

  10/13/2015, devotion for week #41 
  Reference: Proverbs 3:5,6; Matthew 6:24-35; Philippians 4:10-13,

If you are one who can be content in any circumstance, you’re in rare company. Most believers struggle with contentment. We’re not quite sure when to be satisfied with what we have and when to seek more.  

Sometimes the quest for more could make some believers feel unappreciative of what they already have. Or believers may question if they are living below their potential if they just settle for what they have.

Reconciling the above scenarios and others like them is no easy task. And while being content comes without simple solutions, God’s word gives some principles that can help you determine whether or not you’re exercising contentment.

First, contentment is an inside job. It's dependent upon what’s happening on the inside or within your emotions, your spirit. When we worry, then it is impossible to be content. Jesus taught in Matthew 6:24-35 against spending so much time and energy worrying especially when you consider the fact that each day will usher in its own share of trouble. Instead our preoccupation needs to be on God’s righteousness. He promises that the things we need He will provide.

Secondly, contentment is needs based, not wants based. Most of the time our tendency to get our wants is evidence that we lack contentment. We get so emotionally attached to our wants until we lose sight of the fact that God will and continually makes provision for meeting our needs. What we do with those provisions is a different story. Always remember that the blessing of the Lord brings wealth and He adds no trouble to it (Proverbs 10:22.)

God is committed to our best interests. He knows what we need and what we don't need. He also knows what we can and cannot handle.

So thirdly, contentment means we trust God and His wisdom especially when we feel anxious. When we lean to our own understanding, we're lacking in our trust toward God. There is no way we can claim contentment. Trust in God secures our contentment.  



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