Desiring contentment

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.  Psalm 19:14

Last year ended up being quite the year.  I had the opportunity to really see God work in my life.  I was laid off from my job mid November of 2017, but as I look back at it, God was really preparing me and my family for that event.  During that fall, the pastor at the church we were attending was preaching on the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis.  I realized, in times of our life we all have seasons of plenty and season of famine.  The years before my lay off we were in a season of plenty, God had blessed us incredibly financially to prepare us for the season of famine, I was actually out of work for only about two and a half months and but didn’t have income for only about a month, but life changed very little during that time.  Yes, we had to watch our spending closely, but life really didn’t change incredibly.  But I also think God was working on me to instill in me my dependence on Him and the fact that it is truly Him that provides for our needs, I have learned that I am more than what my job is.  I love the work that I do and I do truly find joy in my work because I believe I get to use the gifts God has given me in my job, but my job is simply the vehicle through which God provides for us.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19

The context of this is Paul is writing to the church of Philippi, and he is thanking them for the gifts they sent to him.

We also look to many things to make us happy.  So much of life can become very emotional.  We look to be happy or comfortable so much of the time.  We look to our jobs, marriage, kids, social status, cars we drive, etc to make us happy.  I’m not saying I have this down by any means, but truly its in Jesus Christ where we should find true contentment.  My men’s small group is studying “Morning by Morning” by Charles Spurgeon, and he says “I ask you, are you not complete when God is yours? Do you desire anything but Him? Isn’t His all-sufficiency enough to satisfy you even when everything else fails?”  In Jeremiah, God promises to be our God.  That should be enough.

Its so easy to get caught up in the materialistic things of this world.  Materials things are not bad, as long as you can hold them with an open hand.  I struggle with this myself.  I drive a 14 year old truck and I would love to have a newer truck, but, all I really need is transportation to and from work during the week, and I have that.  The crazy thing is I saw God provide in in credible ways over the last couple of years and know that He will provide, but I struggle with the desire of wanting more, and at the same time I know He will continue to provide and bless us as he sees fit.

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. 3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.  I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. 5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. Psalm 63:2-5

The thing is God never promises all our wants but He promises to provide for our needs.  Our basic needs are simple, food, shelter, etc.  If we keep our eyes focused on Him, He will provide.  Its us who are the ones that look beyond our needs and focus on our desires.  We see this in the Israelites while in the desert, they tried to store more manna up than they needed and it rotted.

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, a I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23

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