“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will also help you, I will also uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10 (NASB)
Contentment is defined as being satisfied or pleased. So many people buy into the lie that you can earn your contentment. “If I can just get that promotion at work, then I’ll be content. If I can get that new car, I’ll be content. If I can get just enough money in the bank, then I’ll be content.” Or “If I just get married, then I’ll be content.” Contentment is not earned but rather it is learned. In Philippians 4:11-13 (NASB), Paul says: “Not that I speak from need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with little, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” It all hinges on verse 13: it’s all about Him – Christ, who strengthens you, who enables you to do all things. When I came home from work my children would always meet me at the door saying, “daddy, daddy, daddy!” I can remember the many times they would climb in my lap and be perfectly content because they were in their daddy’s lap. You need to know that in your Father’s lap there is the assurance that Christ can do all things. He is with you always and He will give you strength and help. Psalm 46:1 (NASB) says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” And 1 Peter 5:6b (NASB) says, “Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” The word “cast” literally means to rely upon, put your trust in. Every one of us has gone through tough times, however the Lord will bring you through. He will always be your anchor through the storms of life, your rock in times of trouble and if you ever feel like things are getting too heavy and you feel like you’re sinking, His gentle loving hand is there to lift you up and bring you out. Your helper, your deliverer, is but a prayer away.
“Father, help me to cast all my cares and concerns upon you for I realize I can’t do it on my own and I can’t earn contentment. I need you. I need your wisdom and direction. I need a breakthrough. Thank you, Father, In Jesus Name. Amen.”