Cultivate Contentment! (February)

“Let your conversation be without covetousness;
and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said,
I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

(Hebrews 13:5)

Almost every Queen or King of old had his/her own taster. A taster was a trusted servant who ate some of the food and drink served at the royal meal to assure that it was not poisoned. If the taster died, or grew ill, the King knew the food or drink was poisoned.

Once, a young King was having his coronation feast. The banquet was abundant, with rich breads, delicious dishes, and luscious desserts. But, the King was looking forward to eating the main masterpiece, a towering Cherry Chocolate cake. His servant cut the first piece and handed it to the King’s taster as was the custom.

The King fussed at having to wait for his own piece, so he told the servant to give him not only the taster’s piece, but another one as well. “Oh, King,” the taster warned, “If you value your life, don’t eat that cake before I do!”

“But I must eat it,” insisted the King eyeing the cake, “surely it is safe.” The King ate two pieces, but the masterpiece had been poisoned, and it cost the young King his life. If the King had been content to wait until he had been served, he would not have had these deadly consequences.

You may be thinking, “How does this apply to me, it is almost too unrealistic to compare to my everyday life. A King in a castle, to a girl in a farm house?” But the same spirit of discontentment demonstrated by the young King, is the same we find in our heart today. It is the same ever-present, always-unsatisfied discontentment we are often plagued with in our Christian walk.

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King Solomon, in the book of Proverbs wisely stated concerning discontentment, “Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.” Many times when we recognize discontentment in our lives, but ignore it and it takes deeper root in our life. Discontentment is a stumbling block in our path and brings consequences!

Have you ever awaken in the middle of the night, finding that you were very thirsty? You decide to make your way to the kitchen faucet for some water, and while walking through a hallway stumble over a basketball your brother forgot to put away after dinner? This is how discontentment is in our walk with the Lord. It is a hindrance to our faith and trust in His will for us.

The only way to free ourselves from the entanglement of a discontent attitude is to pray for strength. Pray for contentment when you are given your-not-so favorite meal at breakfast. Pray for contentment when you hear that your friends’ mom is expecting a baby. Pray for contentment in just about any situation that comes up. Prayer is the best to deal with the discontentment that we face daily. Prayer is acknowledging that you are committing a sin when you are discontent, and asking Christ for help to conquer it.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
(1 John 1:9)

Jesus assures us in Matthew 7: 11, of his answer to prayer, “If ye then, being evil know how to give gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Jesus explains that if even us sinful humans can understand the joy of giving good gifts to ones we love, then why should we as His children, be hesitant to ask Him for good gifts such as contentment? May we pray for the good gift of contentment as we walk with Christ!

Here are five practical steps to developing a more content heart!

  1. Count your blessings. See how many things you can give thanks for in one day!
  2. Trust God with every detail in your life, even if it is not what you would like to happen. He has a purpose and plan for you.
  3. Seek to be a blessing to others wherever you are. Smile to them and give an encouraging word!
  4. Guard your thoughts. When an ungrateful or discontent thought comes to mind, immediately take it captive and cast it away! (2 Cor. 10:5)
  5. Study God’s heart and will for you in His Word. You will be amazed at all He has done for you in Christ, and begin to see how important it is to Him that you are content and submissive to His circumstances for your life today!

Sisters, let’s challenge one another to cultivate contentment in our hearts today!

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.”
(1 Timothy 6:6)

-Guestpost by Lily B.