Envy. Discontent. Jealousy.
“Is God really enough?”
“Is He truly giving me all I need?”
“Why are so many other people better off than me?”
“Does He love them more?”
“Don’t I deserve ________, too?”
As humans it’s not uncommon to doubt the goodness and justice of a God we cannot see, especially when we witness people who aren’t following Him prospering.
Satan makes us question if God is really enough, if He is truly giving us all we need. And when he fills our minds with these doubts, discontentment and envy enter.
Yet when God does bless us with a new friend, a nice pair of shoes, or a “new” car, we still aren’t satisfied. That hunger for more, for better, for something newer is whetted even more.
but envy rots the bones.
True contentment — that ever elusive holy grail we’re all searching for — will never be found in a Facebook page with 5,000 likes or a brand new pair of UGGs.
True contentment cannot come from any selfish earthly pursuit or material possession.
No, true contentment only comes when we are actively doing God’s will for us and humbly pursuing Him as diligently as we pursue those earthly, material things.
How do we attain contentment that brings peace?
Let‘s look at Psalm 131 for insight and understanding.
A song of ascents. Of David.
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.
both now and forevermore.
1. Quiet trust in the Lord
David trusted that God would provide everything he needed. He didn’t aspire to great riches nor was he restless for more than God had already granted.
We must trust that the Lord will provide exactly what we need, when we need it. Like a baby, we may clamor for more “milk,” but as our souls are sanctified, that rooting will eventually cease. Then, we will become content with whatever the Lord supplies.
Pride makes us restless, insecure, constantly discontent. It keeps us striving for more so others will be impressed. Pride is about me. It’s hungering for more attention and praise from the world. But humility is about others. It’s putting other people first and giving God full rei[g]n in leading our lives.
When we humble ourselves and let God be our primary source of joy, we’ll stop trying to prove ourselves to others. Our worth to the outside world will no longer matter. We will find freedom to live out God’s will for us to His glory, not our own.
3. Pursuit of God’s will
God has a purpose for each of us. We can choose either to ignore or deny His will, or we can accept His will and faithfully carry it out. God doesn’t force us into submission; we make that choice each day as we humble ourselves and offer our lives as a living sacrifice to Him.
Are you struggling with personal dissatisfaction or discontent? Are you buying Satan’s lies? Stop. Humble yourself before the Lord, seek His will for your life, and trust that He is good and will provide even more abundantly than you could ever imagine. Only then will you find true contentment. Only then will you have lasting peace.
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