Blessed Contentment

May 8, 2024 | Delighting in God

“Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it.
Blessed are those who listen to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.”
Proverbs 8:33-34 NIV
“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 4:12 NIV

Yesterday I happened upon two Bible Verses which seemed to reinforce each other.

The first verse is from Proverbs 8:33-34. It basically advises the reader to go to God’s Word daily.

As we seek God’s life giving instruction, our hearts become enlightened.

We long for and look forward to being given wisdom to live.

He gives the words we need to hear daily. Joy fills our souls as we listen for what God is saying.

So, our contentment comes from adhering to God’s guidance and wisdom. As we carefully seek God’s ways and wisdom, we live blessed lives.

The instruction from Philippians 4:12 comes from the Apostle Paul. He was in prison while he penned these words. We can glean a vast amount of wisdom from just one Bible Verse.

Paul had experienced affluence as well as presently being stripped of material things. He had “learned” to be content in both states. He praised God while being in prison and wrote many books in the Bible. As we examine Ephesians 3:1, 4:1, Philippians 1:13, and various other places in the New Testament and you will note Paul expressing his imprisonment and being in chains and a prisoner for Christ.

As I think about our society today, there seems to be a lot of discontent. Therefore, we can all learn from the Apostle Paul. I know I can. What about you?

We are not to grumble or complain but have a faith filled outlook on life by staying strong in God’sWord.

These concepts that Paul imparts to his readers are truly liberating.

True contentment comes from seeking God, in searching for His wisdom to live by. Is it any wonder there is so much unhappiness in the world today?

The Bible states in Proverbs 8:33, “Blessed are those who listen to me…”

We can seek God, but do we really sit at His feet and listen?

Do we allow His Words to sink into our souls?

If you are like me, sometimes we do and sometimes we don’t allow God’s Word to sink in.

That is when we create a prison of our own making.

Discontentment is a prison of the soul.

How many people do you know that actually seem fully contented?

Aren’t we all seeking something? Maybe it is happiness in what the world offers, perhaps joy in the things of life, the shiner car, the bigger home, the nicest new gadget.

There is no harm in having nice things as long as it doesn’t steal our contentment and make us seek for more and more.

And if we put God first, seeking His wisdom for living and resting in His love, we can be content.

What are we pursuing with all our hearts today?

Are we waiting in “wisdom’s doorway” for life giving direction and counsel?

Let us commit our hearts anew to doing just that.

How we need to be reminded of these truths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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