The Lord has been teaching me about contentment lately. I’ve always know I needed to be content where I was, but I often got a foggy idea of what that meant. “I want to keep pushing forward, Lord. Being content sounds like I’m letting myself become stale and lazy.” That’s far from the truth! Contentment is so much deeper.
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. – Philippians 4:11
We often tend to compare ourselves to others. We often let fear guide us. We often focus on our goals more than the Lord’s Will. We often put our identity and worth in our success, accomplishments, friends, material possessions, and so forth.
We fail to find our identity in Christ. What does this have to do with contentment?
Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. – Luke 12:22-23
As Christians, we must find contentment in every season of life. When we struggle and weep and fight–we must be content. Being content means trusting the Lord instead of worrying. As Christians, we have power in Christ, and our prayers in the spiritual realm are vital. However, we often bite off more than we can, or should, try to chew. When we add struggles–like comparing ourselves to others or overthinking every single thing–we aren’t being content in God’s plan. We cannot be God. We cannot find contentment in anything on this planet.
We must find contentment in where we are in OUR walk with Christ. Imagine going on a walk with Jesus in flesh and blood and not being content–looking around, wondering if anyone else is walking better than you, wondering where you were going, wondering how much longer you’d have to walk… Crazy, right? So why shouldn’t we be content with Jesus RIGHT NOW?
Wherever you are in life–pray for contentment. When you are fighting hard to move forward through the darkness and cannot stop–pray for contentment. When you’re struggling against demons and the fight just won’t end–pray for contentment in Christ. No matter how difficult life is, there are beautiful things to find. Open your eyes and try to find them.
We’re in His glorified presence, y’all. Why shouldn’t we be content? He’s our best friend and He is always there, even when we are struggling, screaming, crying, fighting, bleeding, failing, fearing… God is there.
Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. – John 14:8