Discontentment

Discontentment can be a large struggle in life. For me, it seems to manifest as a feeling of being stuck or trapped in the day to day. I know my life is amazingly blessed with my family, friends and other bounties, which adds guilt because I feel I like I am ungrateful to God for His blessings. That is really what discontentment is saying: “God, You and your blessings aren’t enough for me”. But rather than to dwell there I prefer to focus on God’s grace and find the cause of my feelings author Rob Kuban says:
The Bible calls us to allow our convictions, not our circumstances, to govern our sense of contentment. True, biblical contentment is a conviction that Christ’s power, purpose and provision is sufficient for every circumstance. We are to learn how to walk through all kinds of adversity believing in and experiencing Christ’s sufficiency. We have to choose to rest on God’s good promises despite what may be going on in our lives.
Sounds simple, we must rely on a conviction in Christ to feel content. One of the best teachers of contentment were the apostles of the first church, the apostle Paul spoke of it like this:
Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
The question that still confuses me is how? Practically how can I rely on Christ to be content? There is no magic catch all, but prayer and reading the word is the best place to start. Digging deep into my heart and figuring out the “why”, as in, why do I feel dissatisfied and discontent? I know that Christ is more than willing to meet me where I at and help me through this today.

4 thoughts on “Discontentment

  1. discontentment: literally just “dissing” contentment that’s a part of all Gods sustainable loving provisions…usually leads to disappointment.

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  2. to speak to that I would like to say that finding contentment in Christ for me really depends upon the strength of the relationship and the connection I personally have with him. I have learned to not make such a close connection to things that are on my latitude but rather try to keep a good vertical longitude connection and remember without that upward connection, I wouldn’t be connected to anything down here on the ground! There’s nothing I can think about in my every day life that doesn’t have God wrapped into it and knowing that this is His plan unfurling relieves me of a lot of worry. I think these days is much easier to grow discontent because we are so used to having the world at our fingertips and we are over consumers and have way more of what we need in many different forms that if something doesn’t work out it’s quite easy to become discontent every day in any given situation. We are spoiled and it’s so easy to turn your back on God and turn your heart onto a new car a new perfume and unrealistic hopes and dreams. 2 Cor. 12:9-10 “And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” …Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

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  3. I’m thinking that God may be giving you this dream and the ability to pursue self-employment as a means of helping you to earn a living at work you can be passionate about. Remember the story of the talents that he gave to three individuals. He expected them to grow the investment. The one who buried his talent was disciplined.
    God loves to bless those He knows will Bless others others and not hoard their income and use it for selfish desires. Wealth can become an idol whether a person is rich or poor. It’s a matter of intentionally putting God first. When we get complacent and put others or our plans before God, the Holy Spirit will open our eyes to that and help us get back on track.
    The Bible tells us not to worry but to pray. God is good at opening doors or closing doors to help to guide us. Sometimes, we have to push hard against those doors and it’s God’s way of strengthening our character.
    I will pray for you, Colton, that you will hear from God and have peace as you make your decision. I am certain that God is pleased with your desire to keep Him first in your life.

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