It seems easy to be content when things are going well, but you may agree that it is harder to be content when things are not going well. The Bible contains many stories of people in uncomfortable situations. These individuals had to choose between contentment and discontentment. Here are a few examples of situations in which people to declare their contentment.
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will leave this life.
The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
-Job (Job 1:21)
“Nebuchadnezzar, we don’t need to give you an answer to this question. If the God we serve exists, then he can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and he can rescue us from the power of you, the king. But even if he does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.”
-Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego (Daniel 3:16-18)
“Though the fig tree does not bud
and there is no fruit on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though the flocks disappear from the pen
and there are no herds in the stalls,
yet I will celebrate in the Lord;
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!”
-Habakkuk (Habakkuk 3:17-18)
“I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.”
-Mary (Luke 1:38)
“I know both how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.”
-Paul (Philippians 4:12-13)
“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
-Jesus (Matthew 26:39)
From these examples, it seems that contentment is found in knowing that one is securely in the will of God. That is, an individual trusts that she is making decisions that honor the Lord or that He is allowing uncomfortable circumstances to arise to test her faith. Even if a person faces losing his possessions, friends, security for the future, or even his very life, he can still be content.
What area of your life do you need to surrender to the Lord today in order to be content?
Can you think of any other Bible characters who chose to be content?
Leave a comment containing their words/ story.
I love the verses that you brought out there. We all strive for approval but it is not man’s approval that we need but God’s. If we have His approval and His support then “the things on earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”