But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil. 4:10-13
Our home has been on the market for five months. During the waiting, high hopes, low offers, no offers, no showings, lots of showings and more waiting, it has been hard to remain content. I know where I want to go and I am ready to move! I have had days where I didn’t want to be in our home of 20 years anymore. My husband, however, is content all the time. He has told me the worst that will happen is that I will have a home and a nice one at that! I try to tune into that wisdom . . . be content with what you have and with what God is providing today. On this day I feel discontentment creeping up into my heart. This morning I picked up a favorite devotional only to turn to a devotion entitled …you guessed it… Contentment. Alicia Britt Cole reminded me of two very good points.
1. Cravings will get in our way of being content.* Ouch! Cravings and dissatisfaction. Isn’t that the intent of commercials? You don’t want the old anymore …here’s the new… My heart’s craving for the sale of our home and a move have caused me to be dissatisfied with what I already have.
2. The Source of true contentment is a Person, not provision. Ouch…AGAIN! What is my source? In what am I looking to find contentment? To be bluntly honest …my heart and its cravings can be deceitful and if I don’t search my heart or my motives …how easy it is to be found at odds with the peace and contentment that only Jesus can give.
Is your heart filled with cravings today? Have you learned to be content? Do you know Him as the source of your contentment? You and I need to continue to seek to be content in Christ not our circumstances.
Kathy’s on staff at America’s Keswick in the Development Department. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 28 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and has taught Sunday school and Bible studies for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.
*Sitting in God’s Sunshine…Resting in His Love by Alicia Britt Cole