I read an article by John Ortberg where he commented, “Those of us in church leadership read or hear with sad frequency of one of our sisters or brothers ending up in a moral ditch. A mentor of mine (John’s) noted once that when that happens as a general rule, the person has been living without a deep sense of soul satisfaction for a long time, which is what made them vulnerable.” That makes sense. Discontentment can lead us to seek things to fill our empty places with things that aren’t too good. I can relate to the lack of deep soul satisfaction. I have times when I am content with my life but other times I find myself chaffing. I bore easily, like things challenging and stimulating. I like to feel like I’m an important part of whatever I am involved with; I don’t like feeling like I’m just keeping busy.
Paul said he learned to be content in whatever condition he was in whether he was doing well or not so well. I can’t say that truthfully at this point of my life. I’ve been thinking about this for some time and know what the answer is, my problem is consistently practicing what I know. I know the answer is finding my joy in the Lord. Knowing He has everything I need and He is enough. Knowing that where ever I find myself currently, He is there with me, working for His glory and my good. Surrendering fully to Him, all my ambition, desires and needs and knowing He has a plan for me.
I need Divine favor on my life to be able to see His blessing in all the little and big ways He has graced me. I need to stay focused on the eternal. Godliness with contentment is great gain. Lord help me, help us!