“God cannot give us peace and happiness
apart from Himself, because it is not
there. There is no such thing.”
— C. S. Lewis
Today is the day that the Light of God finally shown through my thick dark skull on my backwards thinking Mind and discovered that it should be trying to find contentment of the Mind and Soul with God in this life instead of fighting and gathering all the time. It took a hard kick in the teeth from a very good friend to finally get through this skull of mine and open up my eyes to the truth that I should have learned a long time ago. I know that I have a thick skull. I’ve had it all my life. Sometimes it has served me well, but sometimes it has gotten me in some real deep trouble.
I tend not to learn things the easy way. My granddad used to say that I was a true graduate of the University of Hard Knocks. I had to try everything out and turn it all around and even flip it over again and again before taking a look at it carefully and if I couldn’t figure it out then I would ask for help. No one could ever tell me anything. I just would not listen to them. I always had to find out on my own. Being a red flag in a tug-a-war between my two families for my entire life has grown my thick skin on me very well and put it in place hard and fast. Besides both sides of my families are also known for their own thick mindedness. (LOL)
Being content is a foreign concept to me for I have never been content with anything in my life. I have always been waiting for the next, big, new thing that will get me out of my present place in life to get to the next better place in life. I’m always searching for the next pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
The words Content (to be) or contentment just are not in my vocabulary. They can be used as a verb, an adjective, and a noun. As a verb it primarily signifies “to be sufficient, to be possessed of sufficient strength, to be strong, to be enough for a thing” As an adjective used in “sufficient in oneself.” As a noun it means “contentment, or satisfaction with what one has.”
Let us look at the All Mighty Monster we call Money first of all. Money is very tight for me and has always been for most of my life. I live on a very tight budget, but it works. Praise the Lord! And I tithe every month with it. I do have a small problem in the fact that I like to spend money and my depression doesn’t help me in this area. I get really depressed and getting stuff and spending money tends to make me feel better. I do a lot of mail order and I am always getting catalogs with open credit accounts, I like to just pretend to order things even when I know I can’t afford it, Now I realize that I am not living as God wants me to.
Luke 3:14 (NLT)
“What should we do?” asked some soldiers. John replied, “Don’t extort money or make false accusations. And be content with your pay.”
In the above Scripture John the Baptist is speaking to the crowds about the coming wrath of God and the coming of the Messiah. He was talking of what was to come and was giving the people the advice of what they should be doing about it. Here, he told some soldiers to, “be content with their pay”. This is very important because not only are we to be content with “our pay” now but we are also to be able to be good stewards of what God gives us.
Hebrews 13:5 (NLT)
Don’t love money: be satisfied with what you have. For God has said:
“I will never fail you,
I will never abandon you.”
Here in Hebrews God tells us NOT to love money AND to be satisfied. See “Love of Money” and the things that money can buy is not contentment. By my even pretending to order things that I really don’t need, I was telling God that I was taking care of me instead of letting Him take care of me. You see? God will take care of everything for us. God will never fail us! He will never abandon us! In this way we are suppose to be content and satisfied with what and where we are. I’ll leave you with this:
“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 every thing through Christ, who gives me strength.”