My Daily Covenant with God Devotional
Devotion for Sunday January 8, 2017
Topic: Antidote to Worry (4) – Self Satisfaction/Contentment
Text: Philippians 4:10 – 12
Today we are studying the last of the antidotes for worry. The fourth antidote to worry is self-satisfaction or contentment. Contentment means satisfaction. Contented means quietly happy and satisfied with the ways things are or have been done. A worldly life is never at ease when things are not happening the way we wanted it. Such life will be filled with anxiety which may result to depression. You can easily notice that there is something wrong somewhere. Such is not the case of a true Christian.
As a Christian, are you able to get along happily (be content) in any circumstances you face? Do you wear anger, bitter, want, hunger, etc, when you come out in the public? Are there times when you get easily frustrated that thing are not working out well for you? Such is not the way a Christian should behave. We know that this world is not our home. When we don’t get what we actually wanted, it shouldn’t lead to worry because we will certainly leave them here on earth and return to God our maker.
According to our text, it is not so with Apostle Paul. He knew how to be content whether he had plenty or whether he was in need. The secret was drawing on Christ’s power for strength. A contented mind is an invaluable blessing, and is one of the virtues we should develop as Christians. It arises from the belief that God is right in all His ways. Why should we be impatient, restless or discontented? Do you have great needs, or are you discontented because you don’t have what you want? Learn to rely on God’s promises and Christ’s power to help you to be contented with what God gives you. If you always want more, ask God to remove that desire and teach you contentment in every circumstance. He will supply all your needs, but in a way that He knows is the best for you.
Food for Thought: Hebrew 13:5 – Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (ESV)
Memory verse: Philippians 4 verse 11
Prayer: Almighty God, grant me the spirit of contentment with all you provide for me in Jesus name. Amen.