Farm Wife Devotions: Are You Content?
Her words hit me like a ton of bricks.
Am I truly content?
Was I praying for God to do something so I could get out of the stressful situations with the farm? OR Was I praying that God would see us through this time of stress and worry?
I had been listening to a Podcast called the God Centered Mom (You can check it out here!). She said something like, "Sometimes during trials we look for the way out instead of a way through it. When we are in the midst of a trial, God calls us to go through it and seek His face every step of the way, versus, seeking Him to get out of it."
There's nothing wrong with asking for a miracle, or asking God to take away the trial. Jesus did this in Gethsemane (Mark 14:36), but then He understood that the cross was part of God's plan and was willing to move forward in that plan.
The art of walking with God during a tough time is called Contentment!
The definition of being content from a biblical perspective is: "An internal satisfaction which does not demand change in external circumstances" - Holman Bible Dictionary
As I thought over contentment this week, I read these verses:
"Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:3-7
Surely these verses talk about the promises we can rely on from God, but the last verse was the one that really seemed to go hand in hand with contentment. We need to "be still" and "wait patiently for Him". Neither of those can be achieved unless you are content and internally satisfied that He will take care of the external circumstances in your life!
I want to be clear though, being content, being still before the Lord and waiting patiently for Him does not mean giving up, or having a resigned outlook or approach to life. It simply means aligning our expectations with God and being satisfied that even if we don't see the meaning behind this trial, He knows and still has our best interest at heart no matter what!
Father, give me internal satisfaction no matter what the circumstances are in my life. Help me to be still and wait patiently for You. I trust and delight in You and know that you will see me through it all.
I love this song and I think it speaks perfectly to the heart of this devotion!
Is contentment a struggle for you? If you'd like to share...What external circumstances are making it challenging for you to have internal satisfaction? I love hearing from you! I will keep you in my prayers, friend!
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