When someone questioned me about my health, I was tempted to complain.
Compared to others, it seemed as though God had given me the challenge of less-than-perfect health. Rather than thank Him, I wanted to grumble, hoping for sympathy from my listeners.
The same spirit of dissatisfaction confronts me every time I turn on the television and am bombarded with advertisers wanting me to buy something. Something that will make me younger, thinner, and more agile—in other words, happy. Presently, a new cell phone and fitness tracker lead the technology “must-have” list.
Dissatisfaction comes when we compare ourselves with others, thinking we are better and deserve more. Instead, we rarely ponder we are mere recipients of God’s grace and providence. As beggars, we should thank God for everything that comes our way.
Jesus warned His followers that they would experience suffering for His sake. Paul underwent a series of beatings and stonings, as well as unfair imprisonment. Yet Paul did not whine about his mistreatment because he compared it to Jesus’. That brought Paul contentment in all God sent his way. He could humbly praise God for the good things in his life.
Contentment is learned in both the bad and good times of life. It starts with a close walk with God, brought about by our recognition of complete dependence upon Him. He stands in the way of anything that does not advance His transformative plan in our lives. Contentment asks the question, “How can I praise God now?” rather than “How can I ask God to change my situation?”
Only God’s grace can change our selfish, stubborn nature into one which recognizes our need for resting on Him. Only then can we be truly satisfied.
Ask God to show you how to be satisfied in all circumstances.
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