When I hear this word, other words like satisfaction and happiness come up.
Paul said that He had learned to be so content in whatever situation he found Himself in- (Philippians 4:10-12 ).
We have to learn to be content because if we are not then, we will become anxious and the Lord clearly tells us not to be anxious about anything but to take and cast all our needs to Him and offer all our worries to Him in prayers.(Philippians 4:6-7 ) We have to be at that point where we believe that He can do all that We need and that if He says to take all our needs to Him in prayers it’s because He will take care of them.
Contentment is such an issue when we begin to look at it, because it has been viewed in so many dimensions that we have altogether seriously missed out on what it means to be truly content. Prayer to be CONTENT sounds like the kind people call dangerous. Do I think it is dangerous, yes, why? Not sure. But I know it’s a good prayer.
Am talking of content not in a sense that we are so satisfied with where we are at, to the point that we have no dreams and desires, not a feeling that we have all we think we ever needed to get this life moving? Nop. Not that we do not want more of things and better than we have, not that we would not want the situations around us to change for great. It is contentment in these terms- I know where am at, I know my season and why at this moment I need to settle with what so far God has me have.
Not that I do not want a better house no more and I settle for a cubicle. We talk of contentment and we imagine that we should consider ourselves in a better place and the best because there are people who are homeless and hungry so settle for what we have. Not that kind of contentment, because that brings lack mindedness. Our God- He is a God of abundance.
That reminds me we grow up in a society where we are forced to settle for things we do not want and be in places we’d rather not be: because money does not grow on trees. Sorry if that statement brings up awful memories.
Not that, but an understanding of the process am going through and why at this time am where I am.
I don’t get complacent, I don’t get comfortable. I fully have an understanding of what I am capable of as a child of God, created in His image and likeness. Apprehending that-The Holy Spirit living inside me, can accomplish infinitely more than I can ever ask or imagine. And yet with this know-how, sticking to the place am at with Joy and happiness. Not a pretense, but real joy that comes from within, (God given). Looking at this level and enjoying it, knowing deep within there is a progress I am making. understanding that it is not an end and it is not my story.
To me that is contentment. You know, when we are not content we get so worked up with so many things and we end up doing the very thing that the Lord said not to do; WORRY. (Mathew 6:25-31)
The only way to get such kind of contentment is in knowing who we are and understanding our identity which is in Christ. This is possible when we stick in the presence of God. It is the best place we can ever be. There, we are not confused about anything. It is at this place we get revelations of who He really is and who we are. He tells us all we need to know about the moments we are in and the journey we are travelling, that we have no need to question anything. In His presence we will always be content. It is also at this place where your future unfolds right in front of your eyes, your destiny unravels and you watch yourself go through different seasons towards where you have a desire to be and where He wants you to be.
We have to be so content to the point we know that we have all the things we will ever need in this life, only the manifestations of this things remains. (The Lord tells us that He has blessed us with all spiritual blessings, even them that pertain to life and godliness), oh and by the way ALL means all.
Let us pray to be content and Enjoy the journey, my friend says, if you do not enjoy processes you will not enjoy even when you get to where you are going. When you are in need of that which you so badly think will make it all perfect, and it keeps you all awake and fidgety when you finally get it, it will be just a superficial and short-lived joy.