Are You Searching In A Wrong Place?
“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…” Philippians 4:12
I struggled for a long time with a heart of discontent. Whenever I buy something, I would never be happy and satisfied with it thinking there might be something better than this. Fed up with this attitude of mine, I cried out to God to give me a content heart. The Lord started working in my heart and taught these things through the years.
Covetousness is a discontent with what we have and an intense desire for something else, something we believe will make us happy or satisfied. It may be a job, house, spouse, car, physical beauty, ornaments, etc. Bible clearly speaks about the sin of covetousness. We have a tendency to always look at others life. God never said it is wrong to have desires but it is wrong to crave for things belonging to others. Complaining or grumbling to God about the things others have, is like saying to God, “You have not given me good things like my neighbor have.” This attitude grieves the Holy Spirit. God’s plans for everyone are different. Do not compare or strive to live others life. A discontent heart demonstrates lack of faith on God.
Contentment is neither living a Complacent life – a feeling of being settled with how things are and not wanting to try to make them better, nor a Compromised life thinking we must not ask God for more but be satisfied with what we have. God knows our needs even before we ask Him and it is His will for us to be fruitful and prosperous. The Lord allows certain situations in our life just to teach us to fix our eyes on Him and find our contentment in Him alone. According to Philippians 4:12, true biblical contentment is a conviction that Christ’s power, purpose and provision is sufficient in all situations. It does not depend upon our circumstances or possessions but our soul can find rest and satisfaction only in Christ alone. A content heart is always joyful.
Dear ones, today I would like to ask this question, where are you trying to find your satisfaction? If it is in Christ, the result is joy and gratitude flowing at all times. If you are finding it somewhere else, then you are searching it in a wrong place!
— Shabna Nikhil