DAY 29: THAT HE WILL BE CONTENTED
Philippians 4:11-13 Am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Paul says that he has learnt the secret of being content in any and every situation, and the truth is, it’s learnt.
We don’t inherit it from our parents. Infact, it’s an Adamic sin to be discontented.
We want more than what we already have, and if we don’t get, we strain under an ungrateful heart.
The Bible says that godliness with contentment is a great gain. 1st Timothy 6:6-11. In other words, you cannot live with one without the other. They have to comingle.
Contentment keeps one from the sin of greed. Contentment keeps one from the sin of worry. It keeps one from anxiety. It keeps one from corruption. It keeps the right perspective in regards to material blessings. It’s the best face-lift, spirit-brightener, heart-toner remedy out there.
The Bible says in Psalm 131:3 I’ve kept my feet on the ground, i’ve cultivated a quiet heart. Like a baby content in its mother’s arms,my soul is a baby content.
Contentment is a treasure our husbands ought to have in marriage.
Without contentment, they will veer off the track, their hearts will wander off, all over, looking for rest, looking to be filled, and will find nothing deep enough to fill them up.
Without contentment, covetousness will fill up the void, endlessly pining for what they should have, squeezed in by the pressure to be.
It’s not wrong to desire to be blessed, but when those desires have them, then it will give room for discontentment and comparison.
We ought to pray that our husbands will learn to be contented, and echo Paul’s words, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” _2nd Corinthians 12:9–10.
That they will cultivate a heart of gratitude and satisfaction for what they have now, trusting in the LORD for a better tomorrow and a brighter future.
That they will learn to lean on that everlasting grace, that grace that takes what is little and makes it much in Him.
That they will be contented in their homes.
That they will be contented in their marriages.
That they will be contented in us.
That the gospel will reshape how they view material gains. For what is worth, gaining the whole world but losing one’s soul?
What is worth not being counted on the Lord’s side?
He has promised that He is with us.
We should pray that that statement will seed in their souls, root in their hearts and extend those branches of contentment into every area of their lives.
That trials, all temptations, every lack, every merriment, all seasons of plenty, and in times of lack, will just be a way of revealing CHRIST to them. That they will find their innermost joy not in WHAT THEY HAVE, but WHO THEY HAVE BELIEVED IN, AND PURSUADED IN_ Phillipians 4:11
The one who can keep them committed, anchored unto him, untill the final day.
That they will find contentment in everything.
Heavenly Father in Jesus name, I thank you for this opportunity to be in your presence.
I thank you for the gift of life, family, a home, my breathe. Lord I pray that my husband will not take this lightly. For it’s you who gives us the ability to enjoy all that we have.
I pray for a contented heart in my husband. A heart full of gratitude for what you have done for him, looking forward to what you will do again.
I pray for a heart that’s not fretful of tomorrow, for you hold it. I pray that worry will not find root in him.
I pray that he will give without reservations. I pray that he will be contented in all that you have blessed him with.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen.