“Now, contentment is one of the flowers of heaven, and if we would have it, it must be cultivated; it will not grow in us by nature; it is the new nature alone that can produce it, and even then we must be specially careful and watchful that we maintain and cultivate the grace which God has sown in us.” Charles H. Spurgeon
J.D. Rockefeller was once asked, “How much money is enough money?” His answer was, “just a little bit more.” Rockefeller was an oil tycoon in the early 1900s and was the founder of one of the largest and most powerful oil companies in the world. To say that he was wealthy would be an understatement. Still, there was discontentment in his heart because he wanted just a bit more.
Being content can be challenging and seems counter-cultural. Whether you are working hard toward the next promotion, trying to keep up with the other moms and dads you see on social media, or are simply unsatisfied with your current situation, happiness is fleeting. We always want more. When is it enough?…just a bit more… However, does happiness equate to contentment? I believe the Apostle Paul had something to say about it. He writes to a church in the book of Philippians, saying, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippians 4:11-12).
So you may ask, “what does it feel like to be content? “Maybe for you, it is relaxing in your favorite chair, sipping on a warm cup of coffee or tea. However, finding contentment in every circumstance can be difficult. Left to our own whims and desires, we can be very wishy-washy when it comes to being content. Again, our happiness is fleeting because, so often, we tie our happiness to our circumstances. The Apostle Paul knew what it was like to be content in every circumstance. Why was that? Because he found his contentment in the One who gave him strength – not in his circumstances. Today, no matter what you may be feeling, you can find hope, rest, and contentment in Jesus Christ. Find your strength in Him today.
Personal Prayer Focus
Heavenly Father, I come to you today seeking contentment in my life. I know I am prone to discontentment and that I struggle to find joy and satisfaction in my circumstances. I know that you promise to meet all my needs and have a perfect plan for my life. Help me to trust in your plan and to find contentment in You alone. Help me let go of my desire for more and find joy in the blessings that You have given me. Help me to focus on the good things in my life and to be grateful for what I have.
West Ridge Church Prayer Focus
Pray for our Local Outreach Ministry and staff (Kevin Bloye and Brittney Franklin), as well as our Local Outreach Team, as they seek to share the love of Christ with our local community.