Oh…my…goodness… How that common teenage response these days used to irk me!! Usually delivered with a “yeah-I don’t-really-care-what-you-think-or-have-to-say” attitude, it is the modern-day equivalent of delivering the same message. In God’s mercy, however, I recently had a personal revelation that has actually got ME started on using the word. But let me explain…
Contentment has been a big topic and issue in my life recently. Not only have I been pondering it, but it has come up in discussions with random people out-of-the-blue and been a topic I’ve seen in various books and magazines I’ve come across. Clearly, God’s trying to teach me something!
So I took a look at what Paul says about it in the Scriptures. Already familiar with Philippians 4:13, encouraging us to “do the hard thing”, the line just prior to that verse jumped out to me:
…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Phil 4:11b-12
Paul has learned to be content…whatever…
Now I understand that this is NOT what the average teenager is saying when using this response to a well-meaning parent or authority figure. But the word no longer irks me. In fact, I realize that I need to use it with more frequency in my own prayers and pleas to the Father.
“Lord, whatever you send me…whatever I will go through today…whatever perceived trials I may face…whatever challenging people or issues I will need to deal with…whatever feast or famine I experience…whatever valley I need to cross…may my unceasing prayer be that of gratitude for your unfailing love and faithfulness and mercy in my life. May I always seek more of you, and look less and less to my circumstances…whatever they may be.”
This is my prayer for you today, as well.
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