When Feeling a Bit of Envy and Discontent

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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 take me home, or send Jesus back, I’ll to be both a whiner and a worshiper. Some days, I’ll look to people or “stuff,” admiration or success to fill me up… and they never do. Thank you for placing a limit on how much pleasure anything or anyone can give us. Fortunately, this means our idols, vanity, and lusts will eventually fail us.

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—longer uninterrupted stretches when your love is better than life, your grace is more than sufficient, and your presence is sweeter than honey.

Until the Day of no more envy and discontent, free me to delight more fully in you. Misplaced desire, unrealistic expectations, and poorly stewarded longings have never served me well. Indeed, there is no freer or healthier posture in life than to experience you as our joy and satisfaction, our treasure and peace.

Father, thank you for hiding my life in Christ—who is my righteousness, sanctification, and redemption (1 Cor. 1:30). Thank you for making me your much-loved child—desired, enjoyed, and secure. May this profoundly good news impact the way I enjoy food, put on clothes, and relate to others. May I be less a user and consumer, and more a peaceful person, consumed with your glory and grace—generous with everything you’ve given me. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ wonderful and merciful name

 

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