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)
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)
Heavenly Father, I assume that until the Day you either take me home, or send Jesus back, I’ll vacillate between being a whiner and a worshiper. Some days, nothing feels like it’s enough—people, places, things, or experiences. 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. Free me to more fully delight in you. Not to get the desires of my heart, but that you may be the primary delight and satisfaction of my heart. I cannot imagine a better or freer way to live the rest of my days in this world.
And help me know the difference between “redemptive discontent” and destructive ingratitude, Father. Thank you for placing a limit on how much satisfaction anything or anyone can give us. This reminds us we’re not Home yet, and that only you can fill the God-shaped longings in our hearts. Every idol will eventually fail us.
By your Holy Spirit, continue to show me and my praying friends more of Jesus’ beauty, and keep bringing our wandering hearts back to the inexhaustible riches of your grace. Grant us quick repentances when we foolishly believe we need more than Jesus and what you choose to give us, Father. Supersize our contentment, gratitude, and generosity. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ wonderful and merciful name.