Resting in God
"But Godliness with contentment is great gain." -1 Timothy 6:6
The drudgery of life can sometimes get to us. Bills that need paying, a job that's less than ideal, goals yet to be reached; we want to be thankful but find ourselves feeling more and more discontent. "Doesn't God have anything better for me?" we may ask ourselves. "Why can't I get where I need to be?"
It is in these moments of restlessness we can experience the fullness of God's life in us - now. Contentment doesn't have to wait for a day when we reach a certain goal or have certain things. It is attainable in the present, by the blood of the cross. True contentment does not come from us. Contentment is not dependent on our achievements in life or the things that we have, although we may believe that somehow it is. Jesus' blood on the cross was sufficient for our wholeness in the present.
"Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." - Hebrews 13:5
If you find yourself struggling with discontentment, consider being thankful for what you have right now. Friends, family, or spiritual teachers that have been a blessing to you are a good place to start. Confirmations from God on the journey we've been on are also good reminders of His love for us. What has God done in our lives? As people we tend to get bored with things that are status quo. But we have to learn to recognize how far we've come and to be content in the moment, while still pressing on toward the goal. That is the place where we find true contentment.
"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:7 May we all rest in God's love and peace for us today and every day.
Related resource: A Cloud by Day, a Fire by Night: Finding and Following God's Will for You by A.W. Tozer