Journey to Contentment – Part 1

What does it mean to be content?

The google definition for content is:

Content – in a state of peaceful happiness.

May I be real with you for a minute?

It is really hard to be content sometimes.

When answers don’t come. When answers do come, but aren’t what we were wanting. Are we content?

Lysa TerKeurst tweeted, “God is a God of protection and provision.”

Wow. The truth in these words.

Proverbs 19:21 puts this into perspective for us.

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

God is so good!

I think we all experience times in our life when God’s love shocks us.

It makes us so humbled, so grateful, so small.

And in those moments when our souls are overwhelmed with this outpouring of love, all we can do, all we can say is, “Praise Him.”

Psalms is an amazing book of the Bible. They all are, but what I love most about David’s writing is that he is real.

Too many times we try to make ourselves appear perfect.

There is so much beauty in being real!

David is real. In one moment he is lamenting to God. I picture him saying, “God, where’d you go? These people are after me. They are hunting me for my life! Do you not see this? Do you not see me?”

Oh how many times I have doubted God and asked, “God, where’d you go?”

However, in that very same verse, David praises God. Psalms 103 holds such perspective.

“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals your diseases. Who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles… For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear Him.” Psalms 103:1-11

Let’s break this down a little. There is so much in this passage, but a few key phrases I want to discuss.

“Who satisfies your desires of your heart.”

Psalms 37:4 says, “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

We must make sure these desires are from Him by grounding and growing in His word. Take heart. Those cries of your heart, those deep, unanswered longing wishes – He. Knows. Them.

“With good things.”

When our prayers are answered and the exciting days become our reality, may we always turn to Him with all the praise. “Every good and perfect gift is from above,” James 1:17.

When we are in a dry season – a season of emptiness, unfulfillment and waiting – take comfort in these promises. “No good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless,” Psalms 84:11.

Maybe you’re looking at your situation and know it is impossible to change.

Friend, what is impossible with God – the creator of the universe and author of all time?

“With man, this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible,” Matthew 19:26.

Praise God that He is God and I am not. Praise God that I don’t know how things will turn out, but praise Him that He orchestrates all things according to His will.

Click here for Journey to Contentment – Part 2!

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