|Posted by Lorraine Serra on January 7, 2015 at 9:20 AM|
"Contentment. A state of heart in which you would be at peace if God gave you nothing more than He already has. Test this question: What if God's only gift to you were his grace to save you? Would you be content? If God did nothing more than save us from hell, could anyone complain?
Having been given eternal life, dare we grumble at an aching body? Having been given heavenly riches, dare we bemoan earthly poverty? Yet, God has not left you with 'just salvation'. He has already given you grace upon grace. We have been saved and then blessed even more!" Excerpt from Max Lucado's book, "In the Grip of Grace"
I don't know about you, but it takes quiet meditation to grasp this idea of contentment because the skin I'm in is always striving for or against something else. Not that working towards a goal is a bad thing....no. But, there is always a challenge to upset the apple cart!
Problem solving is a way of life, and how to be content in the middle of it demands some time out for thought.
To really grasp this truth and bring it on home, I needed to go again to 2 Corinthians 12:9. Here, Paul testified of repeated, sincere prayer for relief from a physical ailment, a "thorn" in his flesh. And, we know he sure had his share of suffering for the sake of the Gospel; insults, beatings, imprisonment, shipwreck. Yet, he wasn't asking relief from these encounters, but relief from a pain in his own body!
"My grace is sufficient for you," was the Lord's reply. "My power is made perfect in your weakness." Paul concluded that when he himself feels weak, it is God's strength that goes to work to help him persevere. His eyes were opened to the fact that we must guard against puffing ourselves up or boasting about our great accomplishments.
In everything we are to give credit and thanksgiving to God! Humility! Hmmm. Maybe God has kept us in a struggle for the sake of growing up some humility in our hearts? Some measure of being content to rely on His strength? This must be what upholds those who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus. Hard to fathom from where I sit !
Or maybe God allows the toughest challenges in health, relationships, finances to bring us to the end of ourselves, to sharpen our focus on Him as our everything, to remind us this world is not our home.
The opportunity to even approach Almighty God in this way is a grace in itself. An undeserved gift. No wonder our marvelous Lord said, "Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world!" John 16:33
As we move forward with our plans and goals, and confront roadblocks and snares, let us remember that His power is ours because of His amazing grace! Grace....the unmerited, undeserved favor of God. I can trust Him. I can be content. He is with me. He is with you.
I worship, You, O God, my Savior and my Lord. May I always rely on YOU, not on myself. May I always find my true contentment in You. If I have any strength at all, it is the strength of your power at work in my life. If God is for me, who can be against? Indeed, your grace is enough. Halleluia! Amen!
"Our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work." 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
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