The Road to Contentment
Women like to talk. I’ve been paying attention in the conversations I have been in over the past few months. I’ve come to the conclusion that people live in a constant state of discontentment. We’re not happy about our weight, with our leaders, with our spouse, our children, our jobs, or the things that we have. Our house is too small, our TV is an older model and our smart phone doesn’t have the latest camera features.
We are so dissatisfied. But there is another way.
I have recently gotten such a revelation around choices and the gift of free will. We can make powerful choices in our walk with the Lord.
God’s truth reveals that our sense of contentment should be governed by our convictions. True biblical contentment is a conviction that Christ’s power, purpose and provision are sufficient for every circumstance. Our contentment can never be governed by our circumstances.
There is an incredible verse in Deuteronomy 30:19 that says: “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!”
How amazing is it that we can choose life. We can choose to rest on God’s good promises despite what may be going on in our lives. We can choose contentment. You might say well, I also choose contentment, but can’t help but feel discontent. How can I truly live a life of contentment? I believe the answer is that we can choose a life of contentment by choosing a life of surrender to God. When we surrender our all to God, we acknowledge that He is in control. We don’t have the resources, capacity and will to do it, but He has it all. This is great news for us, because God is not limited. Suddenly we do not wish to chase things anymore, but we are free to receive all that He has for us.
Surrender can be described as to completely give up your own will and subject your thoughts, ideas, and deeds to the will and teachings of a power. Surrender is wilful acceptance and yielding to a dominating force and their will.
I have committed to remind myself of the power of surrender. Here are some points to what a life of surrender means:
- Accepting that God is all powerful. He is the dominating force and should dominate my thought-life as well.
- I can trust God.
- Everything that happens in my life does not happen to me, but for me. It is always for my good, and if it is bad, God turns it around for my good.
Prayer: God, I acknowledge you as the all-powerful God. You have perfect plans for my life. Plans to prosper me and give me a future. I submit to Your will and choose to be content about where I am in life. I know that You are blessing me and working all things for my good. I choose to celebrate others and their blessing, knowing that You love us all. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Action: Write down one thing you are thankful for each day this month.