Day 11 – August 18th, 2021 – Annette Honeycutt
Proverbs 3:5-8: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Contentment – the state of being satisfied and at ease in one’s situation, body, and mind.
God’s Word tells us to be content in all our ways. His word simply asks us to trust Him, and we will be provided with all we need. In a world that continually seeks “trophies” to satisfy our secular desires, contentment is often equated with happiness. Feelings of happiness accompany contentment; however, happiness is unknowingly dependent upon earthly circumstances and possessions. We blindly devalue the feeling of contentment by not fully trusting God in all circumstances, for all that we need. Jesus commands us to seek God’s kingdom and righteousness without worry, and He will provide us with our needs, and more! This is the only source for true contentment.
Hebrews 13:5 tells us to keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you”. Money, possessions, and relationships can bring temporary happiness, but putting them before God will lead to discontentment and the insatiable desire for more. Instead, trusting in God will bring us the feelings we desire – which only He can truly provide.
Trusting God can be difficult when facing seasons of turmoil or dissatisfactions in job or relationship statuses, so we must remember that God always knows what we need and when we need it. John 36:11 says, if they obey and serve Him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment. Therefore, we must make the daily decision to push past earthly desires and difficulties in order to fully trust God and receive all that we need, as He is the only source for our strength, guidance, contentment, and needs for the rest of our days.
God, I thank you for blessing me with more than I need or deserve. I pray that you will show us how to live content and wanting for nothing. Help show us a worry-free way; a life of trusting you completely in all circumstances. I pray that you will guide me in sharing my contentment with others, so that I may serve and obey you for the rest of my days.