On a scale of 1-10, how content are you? What would those closest to you say regarding your level of contentment? How would your coworkers rate you? Honestly now, does your score depend upon the circumstances you are facing at the time and God’s “painless” providence for your life?
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.” (Hebrews 13:5)
Therein lies the key to exchanging chaos for contentment. Chaos is found in the love of money, because regardless of how much you have, you never have enough. Contentment is found in what you have—and His name is Jesus Christ. Knowing that you will never walk this life alone is the key to exchanging chaos for contentment. And the choice is always yours.
- Whether you are in plenty or want . . . He is with you!
- Whether you are in sickness or health . . . He is with you!
- Whether you are in prosperity or poverty . . . He is with you!
You see, contentment is never found in the stuff of life. It is only found in the Savior. He is enough. We stumble into quicksand when we look for satisfaction in anything smaller than God. Nothing in this world was ever designed to do for us what only Jesus can do, and that is to replace a life of chaos with contentment.
In God’s economy, the stuff He gives us was never intended to satisfy us at the deepest level. Only God can do that, because only God is big enough to fill the God-sized void inside of us that He placed there, so that we would cry out to Him alone and depend on Him alone! When we focus on what the world offers, we find chaos instead of contentment. But when we focus on what the living Word offers, we find true contentment, because we understand all our gifts must be held loosely. It is never “the stuff” that destroys our contentment and fills our life with chaos; it is how tightly we hold on to it that does. Hold on loosely to all your stuff and cling tightly to your Savior.
One last thought: if you ever find yourself losing your grip on Him, relax. You were never holding Him in the first place! He has had a hold on you from before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), and He has promised to never let go! “Neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). Now that is the ultimate source of continual contentment.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!