Sunday, February 14, 2010

Devotional -Snapshot 5 - Contentment

"My purpose in life is to know God at any cost, to pursue Him." Wally Armstrong

"Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.
The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing."
Psalm 34:8-10

Verse 9 says "those who fear him lack nothing." Oh the great unhappiness for a restless soul. Constant yearnings that color today with dissatisfaction. A deep hungering for things of the world that though received, leave one hungrier still. The nagging drag on a heart when one wakes up each morning to think only of what one does not have.

My children have problems, my marriage is in turmoil, my sins are clinging to me like burrs on my socks, another bill to pay with not enough, yearning for beautiful things that others have, loneliness that no one understands ...want, want, want.

Then God's word speaks. There is no want to those who fear Him - to those who reverence, stand in awe, adore, take seriously His commands and lives by them. No want - no nagging guilt, no yearning for things, no burdensome worries, no loneliness beyond His reach.

No want to those who fear Him. Because contentment, submission to His sovereign will, joy and praise for today, trust that He is at work in our marriages, our children, our sins, our needs, our singleness, our poverty, replaces want.

That is why the Psalmist cries out: "O, fear the Lord, you His saints!"

What are your "wants"? What keeps you from feeling content? Read any of the Psalms and write down the verses that describe the desirability of the Lord.

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