by Jalexus McClendon
“For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.”Psalm 107:9
Have you ever been thirsty on a hot day or after exerting yourself following some form of physical activity? In that moment you know nothing would be more refreshing than a glass of water to quench or satisfy the feeling of thirst. The human body is so incredible in that it gives a signal when we are in need of hydration. If the water volume of the body falls below a certain threshold, structures in the brain detect changes, sends a signal, and ultimately our feeling of thirst occurs. Oxford dictionary defines contentment as a state of satisfaction. Only God can truly satisfy us! Just as water is the answer to thirst, Jesus is the solution for any discontentment we may experience. A believer’s contentment is not to be affected by circumstances or challenges faced, but our contentment must be rooted in the good news of Christ, who He is, what He has done for us, and the expectation for what He will continue to do!
Our Contentment Can Not be Dependent on the Opinion or Approval of Others
Knowing who we are in Christ is vital to being content. We must allow Christ to be the standard of our success. The world defines success mainly by measuring the amount of wealth, power, and popularity a person obtains. Worldly definitions of success are deceptive and tragic because they focus on what is fleeting and passing and ignore what is lasting and eternal. On the contrary, the Bible defines success in terms of what is spiritual and lasting and ends in eternal life and joy. Looking to people or the world as a measure of success can have you feeling like a failure. Biblical success is centered on obedience to God and ensuring that what we do brings Him glory. Living unapologetically for God does not require the stamp of approval from man. While we are on the topic of others, let us also address the danger of comparison. There is a popular saying that contentment kills joy. I heard another, and it says where comparison begins, contentment ends. Not only is looking to others for approval an issue, but also comparing yourself to others is too. We are all wonderfully and fearfully made in the image of God but we are also designed in an individually unique fashion. The calling and purpose that God has on my life is not my sister’s or my brother’s calling or purpose. It is mine! So, I do myself a disservice by comparing our walks of life, or the “process” to fulfill purpose, when our purpose is not the same. Comparing can make you feel inferior or superior. It can make you feel better than or less than but neither gives glory to God. In times that you look around and feel discontent, or counted out because you seem like the “black sheep”, I challenge you to celebrate your differences. Psalm 100:3 reads “ Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” You belong to God and you are His sheep! May we keep in mind that there is no external validation to satisfy our internal spiritual need.
Contentment in Christ is Directly Connected to How You View Christ
God promises in His Word to never leave us nor forsake us. He promises to always be present no matter the circumstance we find ourselves in. We can find ourselves feeling discontent when we become distracted by the challenges that we face. I am reminded of Peter walking on water in the midst of a storm in Matthew Chapter 14th. Jesus had summoned him in the midst of a storm. Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water. Matthew 14:30 reads “ But when he saw the strength of the wind, he became afraid and began to sink…” The wind didn’t start after Peter started to walk. The storm was already present, but Peter took his focus off of his obedience to do what Jesus asked. Peter took his focus off the presence of Jesus and found himself more concerned with the presence of the wind. Its moments like this that we can find ourselves discouraged and ultimately discontent because we focus on the problem and not the presence of God.
When we do go through hardships, whether they be financial troubles, painful relationships, damaged health or questioning our self-worth, it is hard for us to realize that God is still always working in us and walking beside us. This is because as humans we often focus on the natural things we see or feel. God tells us to focus on and walk in faith! Second Corinthians 5:7 tells us it can be difficult to trust God during uncertain times, but as believers we know that His ways are not our ways, and He will ultimately work all things for good (Isaiah 55:8-9, Romans 8:28). Having faith in difficult times can allow you to find peace in God’s presence and experience contentment no matter the situation. God’s presence does not mean there will be an absence of problems but we can have peace in the midst of the problems because of His presence.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Phillippians 4:6-7
We are Content in Christ When We Choose to Trust Christ in all Circumstances
If you are experiencing feelings of discontentment I challenge you to ask yourself if you are fully trusting God. Are you trusting Him as your creator? Are you trusting Him and how he created you? Are you trusting that He is with you as you go through everything you are facing? Are you trusting that He is a God that sits high but looks low to meet all your needs? Are you trusting that He hears your prayers and will answer them? Are you trusting that He is faithful to provide for you and protect you? The Lord is present in your life and He is trustworthy! Cast your cares at His feet because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7) Choose to trust Him and experience a level of satisfaction that nothing else in this world can offer!
About the Author
Jalexus McClendon is the creator of the blog “Peculiar in a Popular Place”. She is a mother of two children and currently serves as a social worker in her local community. Jalexus is an ordained minister and truly considers it her reasonable service to avail herself to be used by God. She desires to live a life full of experiences that are for her growth, other’s gain, and always for God’s glory. Jalexus believes that life is not meant to go through alone and is dedicated to encouraging other believers to lean in to community and the accountability that it offers. As the visionary for this blog, Jalexus has humbly answered the call from God to create this space and is honored to do so with a team of Kingdom minded individuals. She is grateful in advance for the souls that will be saved, the backsliders that will return, and the lives that will be positively impacted through this blog. You can follow her on Instagram.
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Yesss. Agree that our contentment must be rooted in the good news of Christ, who He is, what He has done for us, and the expectation for what He will continue to do! Amen sis🙏🏾💕