You know, you only need to think that God is teaching you something and then pretend like you’re gonna blog about it…for your daily experience will to show your lack of knowledge on the subject.
What I’m trying to say is that blogging about contentment doesn’t make me an expert. This week it has been more evident to me that I’m lacking this precious pearl, and writing about it doesn’t mean I have fully obtained it. I’m learning all of this side-by-side with you.
Anyway, when you go to the store to buy a pearl, it is important to know what it does NOT look like. If you do know this, it will help you not be deceived or tricked by a sales person.
I want to continue this series with trying to define what contentment is not, so you and I can recognize the real deal when we see it.
What contentment is not
1. Contentment is not letting go of your godly ambitions
I particularly have struggled with this idea, but then I learned that contentment and godly ambition are not mutually exclusive terms. God wants us to use our gifts and opportunities to the best of our ability. Take as an example the parable of the talents. God gave each of his servants talents according to His riches. He expected them to use and invest them fully. The servant who hid and did not use them got a rebuke.
2. Contentment and timidity are not the same.
Instead, God asks us to be bold and persistent. When we set out to reach His goals in our lives, we glorify Him more. It is a great testimony of His power in our lives.
3. Contentment is not settling for less
Contentment requires us to be flexible about God’s particular will for our lives. For instance, we know the Lord wants us to be diligent and work. In our heads, we have an ideal job we want or could get. But sometimes that ideal or plan doesn’t come easily or fulfill itself quickly.
Joseph is a good example of this. God gave him a dream that he would be exalted before his brothers. At the time, he didn’t know that that would be the end of his story. God had him go through so many trials to get there, preparing him for the fulfillment of his dream that would save so many people. In the in- between, we see Joseph being faithful and committed to God’s will for himself in the present circumstance. Even though he wasn’t complaining when he was unjustly put in jail, he sought a solution to his problem. He talked to the cupbearer, “Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house. For I was indeed stolen out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the pit” (Genesis 40:14-15)
We do need to be aware that sometimes God’s good, perfect, acceptable will doesn’t turn out the way we plan it. What God requires from us is to be found faithful today. He wants us to do whatever is at hand with all our hearts, knowing that He is taking care of the rest. This truth shall bring contentment to our hearts.