Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city,the watchman stays awake in vain. Psalm 127:1
This is an area that I am currently struggling with in my own life, so I thought I would think out-loud, hopefully, for my benefit, and for yours as well.
“If only I could have one baby, I would be happy…If only I could have one more baby, I would be happy…If I could swap lives with that woman, we would both be happier…Why can’t I have that? – It’s all I ever wanted!”
Do you find yourself saying things like this in your head, as you go about your day to day life? Do you find yourself always wishing for “just one more” thing, in order to be happy with your life? When is enough truly enough?
As we live a life of repetitive discontent, we will find that several dangerous emotions will creep into our heart, and eventually begin to control our actions.
1. Anger says, “You owe me.”
2. Guilt says, “I owe you.”
3. Greed says, “I owe me.”
4. Jealousy says, “God owes me.”
These are all manifestations of a lack of contentment and thankfulness.
There is nothing wrong with having dreams, desires, goals, and hopes for our futures, but if we let these control us and determine our level of joy, we are sinning. We need to learn to be content, and even thankful, in whatever circumstance we find ourselves. When we learn this difficult lesson, we will find a peace and joy that only comes from finding our fulfillment in Christ alone. We will realize that everything we have is a gift from the hand of God, and we will be overwhelmed with grateful praise. “Count your blessings. Name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done!”
Whether you find yourself as a mother to one child, three children, ten children, or maybe even no children on this earth, you can be content in knowing that God will provide for everything that you need to live a victorious and fulfilled Christian life.
Here are some passages that will encourage, exhort, and point us in the direction of freedom. May we know the truth, and may the truth set us free!
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11-13
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, andwe cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. I Timothy 6:6-8
Be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5b
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency (contentment)in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:8-11
And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. “Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ Deuteronomy 8:2-17