Are you Content?

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It is easy for us to feel discontent in our circumstances. When we do, how can we turn our discontent into content? The answer has nothing to do with the circumstances themselves and everything to do with our relationship with the Lord.

Even if you are struggling financially or not where you would like to be financially, you can be content. You may not be making the money you want to be making in your job, yet Scripture tells us to be content.

Luke 3:14

 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”

Often we find ourselves looking at what others have and wanting more. Any time we find ourselves comparing any part of our lives with another’s we will either be proud about having more or being better off than the other person or discontent and wanting what they have. Comparison always breads discontentment. Yet, the Word of God says we  to be content with what we have.

Hebrews 13:5

 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.”

Sometimes our discontentment doesn’t have anything to do with money. It has to do with a situation we find ourselves in or how we feel we are being treated by others. Again, Scripture speaks clearly about this.

2 Corinthians 12:10

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.

So, if we are to be content regardless of our financial situation and regardless of what circumstances we are facing, how do we do it? Well, we don’t, at least not on our own. We allow the Spirit of God that dwells within us to minister to us. This doesn’t mean our circumstances will change, but it means we won’t be facing them alone. We will be comforted, equipped and strengthened by the His Spirit. Through submitting to His Spirit and allowing Him to work in us, we can be content.

Philippians 4:11

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

In what areas of your life are you feeling discontent? Submit those areas to the Lord and ask Him to help you feel His presence and see where He is working. Ask the Lord to comfort and strengthen you. May we all find the contentment Paul found in the Spirit of God.

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11 thoughts on “Are you Content?

  1. I Like This! Thank You

    • Dwight, glad you enjoyed the post. Contentment is something we all struggle with, glad to know we don’t have to find it on our own. Blessings!

  2. Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. I am not a fan of the idea of having a single day dedicated to giving thanks. I’m learning gratitude and how to be content on a daily basis. It’s difficult, but posts like the one you have written remind me to give thanks in all circumstances and know that God is with me regardless of what I have.
    Thanks again Shelly,
    Sincerely JM (God,Faith,Fitness)

    • JM, thanks for your thoughtful comment. Learning to be grateful and give God thanks in all circumstances is a way to find contentment regardless of what we face. Have a blessed day!

  3. Hi Shelly, how are you? This could not have come in at a better time. My wife and our have moved to America as missionaries and we have been here for nearly a year now. Today was the first day we ran out of money. I was literally sitting here in a cafe where my card was declined thinking, “What will we do!” Then I open my emails, see a notification from your blog and read this! THANK YOU! Your words and the time you spend on them are powerful and making a difference. I so appreciate it!

    • Andrew, I am humbled by your words. It is a blessing to know God is using it to bless others. May God give you what you need when you need it and give you the faith and patience you need in the waiting. Blessings!

  4. A very powerful and much needed reminder. Thank you Shelly!

    • Meredith, thanks for you sweet words friend! Contentment is hard but with the power of the Holy Spirit we can do the impossible! Hope you have a blessed day!

  5. Thank you, Shelly , for helping us with contentment! It is such a joy, to be content. God bless you!

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