Every day our society careens further into the tumultuous 21st Century, we increasingly believe that WE are fully capable of navigating through the minefields of life ON OUR OWN.
It becomes increasingly more difficult to be content with our life. In fact, it’s hard work being content living in a world that bombards us with every enticement imaginable to want more…be more…live more. And more. And then still more.
There is no desire to improve when a person thinks they are perfect. And once we fall into that dangerous slipstream, the I can do-anything-mentality seals in the delusion that we really are capable under our own strength.
But it’s a lie and God predicted this would happen!
“There is nothing in us that allows us to claim that we are capable of doing this work. The capacity we have comes from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5 GNT
Contentment comes from and of God after we acknowledge our own insufficiency.
It is very difficult to move past our own view and embrace God’s view if we don’t admit our own insufficiency. And that’s the point.
If we do not find ourselves to be lacking in our own ability to deal with every detail of life, we will never look toward God for guidance through life.
Contentment in Christ becomes a reality in a believer’s life when they become humbly dependent on the Lord to supply our every need.
God tells us we are insufficient for the task on our own. We just need to believe him.
I ask God to remind me continually that my own ability will never be enough to live a Christ-like life on planet earth. And I ask him to help me look outside myself and toward him while resting in his strength.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do your thoughts of being capable on your own make it harder to be content?
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Philippians 4:11