Want to know a secret?
I’m insecure and full of self criticism and doubt.
I should be more educated, informed, trained, skinny, muscled, refined, disciplined, and experienced. My nature tells me my worth is defined by my status and my bank account and unfortunately most of my peers are brilliant and successful. If only I could be more _____ then I would be content.
Then I think of a guy named Solomon. He was handsome, intelligent, rich and powerful. He had it all! Surely he was content. Yet He said,
“Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 2:11
Read chapter 2 and you find a man who had everything and was utterly unsatisfied. All those things I listed Solomon said is chasing the wind. All flurry no fulfillment.
So what’s the answer?
“for 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. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Phil 4:11-13
Did you catch the “in any and every circumstance”? This isn’t a contentment based on a fluctuating standard or situation. It’s founded on an eternal truth of Knowing who God is AND who He says I am. This all boils down to faith. Do I truly believe God has a plan for my life & created me exactly as he intended or not?
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jer 29:11
My discontentment means that I’m calling God a liar.
If I choose to place my faith in God then I must accept that He is who He says He is & will do what He says He will do.
Who am I? I’m the crafted creation of an eternal King who loves me beyond description.
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalms 139:14
My souls knows it very well but my head & heart needs reminding. I’m great because God designed me for a purpose.
What does Solomon conclude? Skip to the end of Eccl.
“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” Eccl 12:13
Let our contentment be found in our divine purpose and that God equipped you to precisely fulfill it.
“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” ~Saint Augustine
“God don’t make no trash”. ~Anon Mason Dixon Prophet