Cunning Versus Contentment

Right now, commercials do whatever they can to cunningly bring us back to the Garden of Eden where all our discontentment began in the first place. While we could buy into the lie that we need more stuff, we need to remember the words God gave Paul in Philippians 4.

But before we go there, how about we go back to where it began? In Genesis 3, we see Eve, the woman, falling for the serpent’s lies that God was keeping something good from us. And so, she ate the forbidden fruit and even invited her husband Adam to join her [well technically, she handed it to him].

God was not keeping anything good from her.

Not then.
And not now.

It is easy to be allured by all the Christmas deals right now. And if we really needed whatever “that thing” is that you are convinced you cannot live without, the Lord would (and will) provide!

How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.” – Philippians 4:10-14, NLT

Philippians 4:10-14; New Living Translation

It is hard, but perhaps the Christmas gift we need now is to surrender every want and need to our LORD and Savior Jesus. Ask Him for wisdom. Ask Him to give you contentment, in the midst of your suffering. And I am right there with you, I saw a “must have” item right now myself. It is easy to battle discontentment. I was wrestling with the discontentment of my sinful flesh. Like a two year old, we want things and the Lord has to tell us “no” too. He has to Father His children, too. Because, He is a good, good Father! But, contentment is a process. Or, it is for me. I need His contentment in many areas of my life. But, telling myself “no” to something I definitely don’t need.

In Romans 8:28 and Psalms 84:11, we are given two amazing promises to hold onto! I need to write out these promises and hang them in my bedroom.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

Romans 8:28

“For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.”

Psalms 84:11
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