Day 1- August 8th, 2021 Jane Ann Simon
“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will
eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life
more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the
birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more
valuable than they?”
The birds that visit or live in our yard are so fun to watch. They wake us up in the morning filling the air with what sounds like, praise and worship. Before they find breakfast, feed their babies, or start their flight, they sing – and do so at volume!
It is interesting to watch them carry out the day. They fly, scratch in the garden for food, tend to their nests, and eventually feed the little mouths that seem to stay open and hungry. In between all of that, they sing.
Are you singing throughout your day? Are you content and unafraid about how it will all go? Are you satisfied with your life? Are you free from envy? Contentment is generally defined as a feeling of satisfaction and gratitude. How are you doing with that? Are you seeing God’s provision? Are you grateful for His promises and the value He puts on your life?
When the world changed due to COVID 19, many of us found our lives stopped abruptly. We were left with an empty schedule, no one to see, and nowhere to go. For many, work continued but under a new set of rules and concerns. It has shaken our country hard. The idea of finding contentment in the midst of a pandemic has stretched us all. Yet God values us more than the birds and flowers that live to glorify Him. How are we doing with giving God glory during difficult circumstances? How do we find satisfaction and gratitude?
We can spend more time in scripture and at the feet of God. Philippians 4:19 “and my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” That is EVERY need!
Our God wants us to be content. He wants us to trust His provision. It pleases Him when we walk by faith.
We can overwhelm the darkness with our praise.
A thankful heart will cause discontent to melt away in the face of all of our blessings.
Father, thank you for addressing the idea of contentment over and over in your word. God, it’s human nature to want more than we need, covet, and compare. Help us to look to your word, and spend time at your feet, so that we can discover true contentment. Help us put away things stir discontent and overcome the darkness with praise and gratitude.
In Jesus name. Amen.