Contentment is not achieved in our lives by making resolutions or just by deciding in our minds that we are going to be content. Contentment is a state of the heart, and it doesn’t fluctuate with circumstances or people.
Life can be hard. People can be difficult. How can we cope with disappointments and hardships? In Philippians 4:11, written by Paul, it says he “learned” to be content. Contentment is not a natural response it is a supernatural response. So what do we need to learn to have contentment?
In order to be content we must have a foundation of faith to believe:
Look to The Names of God
Doing a study of the names of God is a good way to learn of His character. For me, this study was a life-changer. It made God more personal as well as revealing His multi-faceted character traits. Learning the truths about our loving God allows us to be content with His plans as He unfolds the stories of our lives.
Lord, I Want to Know You: A Devotional Study on the Names of God by Kay Arthur
Many of us know Romans 8:28,
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Asking God to teach us how to be content
We should ask God to teach us how to be content. We must then actively participate in the process by studying God’s Word and believing the truth in it, especially the truths about God Himself. He is the Author of our life story, and if we are a Christian we already know there is a “happily ever after” ending!
So, if you are failing in the contentment department today friend (like I do so many days), are you failing to believe God's Word, His character, or His sovereignty? What are your roadblocks to contentment?
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