- How would you define contentment?
Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. Philippians 4:11 (AMP) According to this verse contentment is being satisfied to the point that I am not disturbed or disquieted. It doesn’t mean to be satisfied to the point I never want anything else. We should want to improve and grow in various areas of our life, but we should not let that desire rob us of having peace on the journey. Nothing honors God more than contentment. When we are content we are trusting God. In difficult circumstances we believe he is doing what is best for us. Contentment is trusting his timing even though we prefer it to be NOW. It is believing he has a reason for everything when we don’t understand. Contentment is knowing he will work all things together for our good. Contentment is being happy where I am on the way to where I want to go.
God is not a Jeanie in a lamp where our wish is his command. He does not exist to serve us. We exist to serve him and bring him glory. His goal is not to make us happy by giving us stuff all the time; it is to make us happy with his presence NOT presents. He does give us presents as well, but we are to seek his face not his hand. As for me, I will continue beholding Your face in righteousness (rightness, justice, and right standing with You); I shall be fully satisfied, when I awake to [to find myself] beholding Your form [and having sweet communion with You]. Psalm 17:15 (AMP) Contentment comes from our relationship with Christ. Happiness is a choice. We have to choose it. If we say, “I’ll be happy when…”. Whatever comes after “when” is exalted above God in our lives. God is to be our source and our strength, a sure foundation for our times. He may be testing our attitudes to see if we are spiritually mature enough to handle what we are asking for. Can we be happy without it? If not, then we are not ready for it.
Worry is the opposite of contentment. Contentment is trusting God. Worry is not trusting God. Worrying is a negative pattern of thinking. It is a habit. Habits don’t just go away. We have to be intentional about breaking them. Here is some information that may motivate you to break the habit.
The result of toxic thinking translates into stress in your body, and this type of stress is far more than just a fleeting emotion. Stress is a global term for the extreme strain on your body’s systems as a result of toxic thinking. It harms the body and the mind in a multitude of ways from patchy memory to severe mental health, immune system problems, heart problems and digestive problems. No system of the body is spared when stress is running rampant. A massive body of research collectively shows that up to 80% of physical, emotional and mental health issues today could be a direct result of our toxic thought lives. (Leaf, Carolyn. 2009. Who Switched Off My Brain. Inprov, Ltd.)
- Are you surprised that toxic thoughts, worrying, can impact your physical and mental health?
- Have you every been affected by –
- Mental health problems – Depression/Anxiety
- Immune system problems
- Heart problems
- Digestive problems
If you have, it may have been caused by “toxic thinking”. Worry definitely qualifies under that category. So how do we defeat worry? By viewing circumstances from a spiritual perspective. Imagine you had a pebble in your hand. If you held it right in front of your eye would it seem large or small? Now imagine putting the pebble on the ground. Now would it seem large or small? When we worry, we pick up our problems and hold them right in front of our eye. This magnifies their size making a pebble seem as large as a mountain. In reality a pebble is a very small bump on the road of life. We may not even notice it if we aren’t looking down. The first thing we lose when we worry is perspective.
2 Kings 6:8-22 tells us about a time when the Arameans and Israel were at war. Each time the king of Aram made plans to set up camp somewhere. The Lord revealed to the prophet Elisha where the king of Aram was going to camp, and in turn Elisha informed the king of Israel. Thus the king of Aram became very enraged and asked how Israel was always prepared for their attacks. He was told that the prophet Elisha was the informant. The following verses tell us the rest of the story.
“Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city. When the servant of the man of God. When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked ans saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
From a spiritual perspective, You + God = Majority in every situation. The catch to this is God is not on our side, we have to get on God’s side. We have to walk in agreement with him and follow his plan for our lives. In all things we are more than conquerors because he is able to do immeasurable more than we can ask or image. With God nothing is impossible!
Lord I pray you will move on our hearts so we give you your rightful place in our lives. You are to be exalted. Forgive us for all the things we chase after to find happiness and make us godly servants who are content and fulfilled by our relationship with you. Reveal to us the things that have taken your place in our lives. Help us to be quick to repent and trust you to change us. In Jesus name, Amen.