“I want more!” The toddler yells and the family near her scurries around to find a way to to give it to her. Is she wanting more food? Entertainment? or is it just attention she wants?
This is often the straw that can break the camel’s back when it comes to family happiness. We learn that raising children is not the easy job we once thought it was. Fitting into our schedule all the things that must be done makes us wish for more time, more energy, more patience! stop
Often, we see the same toddler behavior in ourselves. I want more! Has GOD given me enough food to eat? A place to live? The things I need to live my life? Most of us can say, “Yes, for sure! But I want bigger, prettier, more up-to-date!”But too often, we aren't satisfied with what GOD has provided. We are much like the Israelites Click To Tweet
But too often, we aren’t satisfied with what He has provided. We are too much like the Israelites who remembered their past much differently than it was. In the past, they were slaves. But what did they remember? The delicious food! They forgot that now they were free. Yes, the travel to the Land of Promise was hard, made even more difficult by their disobedience that made the trip much, much longer. But GOD did provide for them even though some of the provisions weren’t aways as luxurious as they wished for.
Our memories of the past tend to be tinged with rosie colors as we forget the truth of all of our situation.
Our past memories are so often tinged with rosy colors and we have forgotten the truth of the reality that went along with those memories. We have select memory. And we forget the many ways GOD provided for us when times were hard.
We remember the “good foods” and other treats along the way that were of minor importance. We forget the slavery aspects that weren’t as good…and often were the reasons why GOD graciously removed us from those situations.
There is a classic book written many years ago by Jeremiah Burroughs that has been recommended to me titled The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. It is next book in line for me to read.
It only reinforces the Biblical admonitions that follow:
So to keep me from becoming conceited
because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,
a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me,
to keep me from becoming conceited.
Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses,
so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
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.
II Corinthians 12:7-10
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.
But godliness with contentment is great gain,
for we brought nothing into the world,
and we cannot take anything out of the world.
But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare,
into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people
into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.
It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith
and pierced themselves with many pangs.
I Timothy 6:6-10
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have,
for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
So we can confidently say,
“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear;
what can man do to me?”
Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God.
Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Did you notice any familiar verses along the way? Were you surprised to find them in a setting of contentment? Particularly Philippians 4:13! You rarely hear it spoken of in relation to being content do you?