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?
10/25/2019 11:15:19 am
You said a lot of good things in a short space. Contentment is definitely not our natural response but a supernatural one. I like that and rememberbing that we can learn to be content! Thanks for sharing and have a blessed weekend.
10/25/2019 03:39:13 pm
I have to admit that it is easier to write about contentment than it is to live it out! Training ourselves to go back to the truth in God's Word is key. We can also rest in our loving God who is in control. Thanks for your comments, Donna.
10/27/2019 08:23:30 pm
This was great! Contentment is something I think we all struggle with especially when the world keeps telling us that we need more and more and still more. However, the only thing we need more of is Jesus. He is the answer to our contentment struggle.
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