Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Contentment is not one of those words too often used these days. Marketing professionals, and, well. anyone who has anything to sell, preys on our wants and (often unnecessary things we tend to call) “needs”. We live in a time where we don’t want to wait for anything.
At one point, the stove was a modern miracle, now one stands glaring in the direction of the microwave because a meal may take eight minutes to thoroughly cook! Oh the humanity, EIGHT MINUTES!!!! There isn’t anyone I personally know. (nor am I), going to starve in 8 minutes! Waiting on anything or anyone seems like such an inconvenience. How dare others intrude on our time. Think about that for a second. EVERYONE can not be FIRST!
Can you imagine if we ran things, this place would be in even more selfish chaos than it is now, but it is headed that way at warp speed. As I said, the marketing firms are filled with bright minds whose job it is to bring out that narcissist. We “deserve” the best of the best! Why wait? Have what you want, when you want it! “Have it ‘Your way!”
These messages are pumped into us from early on and never stop! There is no reason to be unhappy! Take what you can get from life. You should be enjoying every day, doing what you want, where you want without interference from anyone when it comes to seeking your own satisfaction!
This mentality is so far from what Scripture teaches us. Paul wrote about the situations and circumstances he found himself in (not just once), and yet he encourages the believer to find contentment in the ONLY SOURCE able to quench our needs. All else is empty, not capable of filling us. Sure, the hot ticket item may bring some excitement, but that is a feeling and it is temporary. Finding true joy and fulfillment is FOUND IN JESUS, AND THAT IS ETERNAL.
Thank You for this and every day
Please forgive our sins
Please help us be content in whatever circumstance we find ourselves
You are right there with us
We don’t have to be happy constantly,
But with You, we can know true joy
Please let us seek You to fulfill the desires of our heart
And let us accept what You provide as gifts
Not counting what we want that others might have as lack
Please allow our satisfaction be found in You Alone
In Jesus Name