Have you asked yourself: what would be “enough” for me to feel content? How much do I have to have to feel truly grateful?
According to the Bible, contentment and gratitude have nothing to do with how much we have or our current situation. While in prison, Paul wrote in his letter to the church of Philippi “…for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 he says “…give thanks in ALL circumstances”.
As we embrace a more biblical worldview, contentment and thanksgiving take on different meanings. We learn to look at our lives differently, making it is easier to feel the Joy and Peace He promises, one that surpasses all understanding, without needing “a little more”
Pray with me…Lord Jesus,
In your word you ask us to be in the world but not of the world. Our society is one that feeds our need for more. We spend so much time and energy striving for more material possessions, recognition and prestige. We incessantly compare what we have and what we look like to others, most of the time coming short, and feeling unhappy and unfulfilled. We search for happiness yet fear that we may be missing it all-together.
In James 4:17 you say “…Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?”
Open our eyes Jesus and help us not to be deceived by our times. Remind us that true fulfillment and happiness can only be found in You. Help us not to lose another hour or ounce of energy pursuing the elusive feeling of satisfaction this world promises. Help us to rest in You and to find true contentment as we thank you for all you are providing NOW, in spite of our unworthiness!
In the Name of Jesus, we pray, Amen