June 19, 2020

Philippians 4:11b-12

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. 

 

Continuing our meditation on “discontent and restlessness”…

The first high-tech device I ever bought was a Haverhills digital watch back in the 70s. In this case, “digital” merely meant little numbered rotating discs viewed through a tiny window. But man, I thought that was cool! I saved my money, excitedly mailed off my order, and stalked the mailbox for the prescribed 6-8 weeks. 

And then one glorious afternoon… it arrived!

For the first few days I preened like a peacock: “Ask me what time it is! Go on, ask!” But gradually it started dawning on me most people didn’t really care if I wore a cool watch or not. Then I started noticing the exact time was actually kind of hard to read. THEN I discovered the stupid thing wasn’t even accurate in the first place! The coolness factor definitely wore thin pretty fast. Eventually I just tossed it in a drawer and looked for the next cool thing I could order.    

Nothing in this world ever really satisfies us, does it? We may look for fulfillment in big things like relationships, talents or causes, or we may look in small things like our shiny possessions. But nothing ever quite brings us to the place of deep and lasting contentment, because the only place we find that is in Christ Himself. The blessings we enjoy are wonderful, but they are merely gifts from God. They are not God Himself, and it is Him we are created for. 

What discontentment are you wrestling with today, and have you taken it to God recently? What is God revealing to you about that? What action steps might He be challenging you to take?

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