Relearning the Secret, Joy, and Freedom of Contentment

I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. Phil. 4:11-12 (ESV)

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 grumblingPhil. 2:14 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, there are some aspects of this life of grace for which we need constant refreshment courses. Contentment is one of them. We know you’re not calling us to kill desire, demonize ambition, or decry enjoyment. Yet we totally “get” your warnings about complaining, ingratitude, and discontent.

So we come to you, Father, once again, acknowledging a need you alone can meet. Grant us the grace, peace, and beauty of contentment. Whether we have a little or a lot, are well known or forgotten, live in a palace or a garage apartment, feast on filet mignon or yesterday’s mac and cheese, we want to be at peace and stay grateful.

Whether we live in a season of political stability or governmental insanity, whether we feel included or left out, celebrated or underappreciated. Whether our relationships are “rocking” or are rocky; whether we have really good health, or a nagging array of maladies, we want to be satisfied—not passive or in denial, but truly grateful, not immune to pain, but alive in Jesus.

So father, by the Spirit, convict us quickly when we default to murmuring and complaining, carping and whining. Heal us of gospel amnesia—too easily forgetting our “beloved-ness” and every good thing we have in Christ. Open the eyes of our hearts as we live this October Friday. Let us see a little more of Jesus—actually, much more of Jesus. That’s all we need; that’s all we really need. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ all—glorious and grace-full name.