Godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 1 Tim. 6:6-8 (NIV)
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.” Heb. 13:5 (ESV)
Do all things without grumbling. Phil 2:14 (ESV)
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. Ps. 37:4-5 (NLT)
Dear heavenly Father, I assume that until the Day you either take me home, or send Jesus back to finish making all things new, I’m going to be both a whiner and a worshiper. Some days, nothing feels like it’s enough—people, places, or things. Other days, your love, grace, and presence are more real and satisfying than anything else, and all things combined.
I want more of those days, Father—more of the days when your love is better than life, your grace is more than sufficient, and your presence is sweeter than honey. But until the Day of nor more whining, discontent, and grumbling, free me, Father, to more fully delight myself in you. Not to get the desires of my heart, but that you may be the primary delight of my heart. I cannot imagine a freer posture in life.
And help me know the difference between redemptive discontent and destructive ingratitude. To remind us that we’re not “home” yet, you’ve placed a limit on how much satisfaction anything or anyone can give us. Thank you Father for doing so. This means our idols will always fail us, eventually.
Father, I can claim “godliness” unto contentment, only because you have hidden my life in Christ—who is my righteousness and sanctification, and redemption (1 Cor. 1:30). May this profoundly good news impact the way I enjoy my food, put on my clothes, and relate to other people. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ wonderful and merciful name.