Ive been studying contentment the last few weeks. Last week I had the opportunity to read my Bible in my mom’s rose garden. I’m ashamed that I haven’t done it up til now, because the roses (250 of them) are gorgeous and sitting out there really is conducive to thinking spiritual thoughts. But I read Isaiah and I was reminded that knowing God is the solution for discontent.
When I’m discontent, I’m demonstrating my belief that something besides God satisfies me. That’s a lie, of course, since Jesus clearly taught us that he is the only water that satisfies. This is why Paul tells us that the solution for being discontent is to be satisfied with God’s presence.
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
I need this too. This month, I’ve had my expectations confronted. I’ve been faced with the need to change my attitude. I’ve struggled with covetousness, too.
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Isaiah 55:1-2
I’m praying this week that I will live as though I believe that Jesus is the living water that truly satisfies my longing.