Learning to be content in the Lord is one of life’s most difficult lessons. Nothing in culture encourages us to be content. Yet, whether pauper or king; learning to be content brings peace. King David spent a portion of his life as a shepherd, as a warrior, as a fugitive; then as a King. In every circumstance, David kept one thing consistent–he sought the Lord to meet his needs.
Still, even David made decisions to “help God out”–when he did, David’s peace was gone, and his life was a mess. David was unique, however, even when he walked away from God–it was not long, until he repented and returned to rest in the Lord. In his latter years, David learned to rest in the Lord, rely upon the Lord and remember God’s power and wisdom. He became a humble king, ready to lead and teach his people who was truly in charge of their nation. That, not the battles, the conquests or the treasures–is what made David Israel’s greatest king.
In our lives, we are also faced with the daily choice of being content or not. It is not as much an economic issue as it is a spiritual one. When one is poor, there is always a desire to not have to strive to survive. In the midst of that, however, comes the realization that it is God that provides for all our needs. Conversely, in wealth, men tend to become self-sufficient and self-assured. There is a sense that we can always have more and make more. That is the dangerous place–where pride and desire for more takes away our peace and dependence on God. God simply calls us to be content and to trust him. If we will do that–no matter what our circumstance; then, He will grant us peace and calm in the midst of the chaotic storm that is our world. Thanks Lord, for Your peace.
God Bless You
My heart is not proud, Lord,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.
3 Israel, put your hope in the Lord
both now and forevermore.