In this generation where entitlement and instant mentalities abound, its all to easy to grow discontent. Here are some quick keys to refresh and align your soul & remind you that if you have Christ; you have all you need. Be blessed!
1. Fully satisfy your soul in His presence!
Isaiah 55:2 speaks of our souls delighting itself in abundance. In His presence is FULLNESS of Joy, not just some, but the fullness! In His presence we receive His perspective and our souls find rest. As He is magnified circumstances are no longer overwhelming and we remind ourselves of who God is. How determined are we to pursue, wait and rest in Him until we are filled? If you are feeling discontent, what are you currently looking to to fill you? Where have you placed your hope? Are you placing unrealistic expectations on others?
2. KILL comparison!
Comparison is not only the thief of joy but a doorway to condemnation, cold love and a performance mentality. Kill comparison by choosing to look to Jesus as your only standard, rejecting lies of the enemy and building up strongholds that will anchor your soul - revelation of His love, faith in His ability and hope in His plans.
Consider this scripture, and ask yourself, am I comparing myself to others? Do I feel intimidated by or superior to others because of comparison?
"..but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise." -2 Cor 10:12
We all have different journeys, with different experiences which require different expressions of God's Grace in our lives. Let us not stumble and hinder our walk through comparison.
3. Stay Thankful!
One of the surest keys to contentment is to give thanks for everything you can think of! Even in the midst of our stormy seasons we can praise The Lord for His faithfulness. The children of Israel in the wilderness always serve as a great reminder as to why developing an attitude of gratitude is important; Exodus 16:8 reads,
Moses said, "This will happen when the LORD gives you meat to eat in the evening, and bread to the full in the morning; for the LORD hears your grumblings which you grumble against Him. And what are we? Your grumblings are not against us but against the LORD."
When we complain we are finding fault with God. We are saying to Him, "Lord Your ways are wrong, Your timing is wrong, Your plans are wrong!" Who are we to declare such things! May we prayerfully resolve to keep complaints from our lips! We can trust God with every area of our lives, knowing His plans are for our good and He works everything for our good. He is a good Father!
Is there a situation you've complained about recently? How can you turn it into praise?
4. Embrace the moment!
Celebrate who you are in Christ! Yes we are being perfected, but you are His workmanship! Accept yourself for who you are, and where you are in your journey. We often get discouraged because of how far we have to go, or how much we still need to change; but the scripture teaches us that HE who started the work is faithful and just to complete it (Phili 1:6). Enjoy your now, it is in the process that we truly get to know God, and if we learn to celebrate who we are over what we do, then failure & delay will not break us.
This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it - Psalm 118:24
Have you been too focused on the past? Or too worried about the future? What are some present struggles that you can prayerfully surrender to God?
5. Remember His faithfulness!
Sometimes looking back to see how far God has brought you and how much He has changed you can be encouraging. Also remembering the times that He has come through for you in the past remind you that He is able, trustworthy & willing. Again, we can learn from the children of Israel in the wilderness. They saw some of the most wondrous things! From the 10 plagues to having the Red Sea part before them so they could walk through on dry ground!! Not to mention His miraculous provision and presence in the wilderness. How can you forget that?! Eventually their unbelief (and disobedience) cost the eldest generation their promised land (see Numbers 13 & 14). We also see in Judges 2:10 that a generation arose who did not know the Lord or remember what He had done for Israel, and so they turned from Him to serve the idols of the land.
What are some of the ways God has shown Himself faithful in the past? Why not make a note and stick it on your notice board or bathroom mirror to remind yourself.
Looking back to remember God's goodness is a great way to stay thankful, content, and restful in His faithfulness.
Further scriptures: Jeremiah 2:13 | Matthew 11:28-29 | Psalm 17:3
We hope these keys have blessed you! Feel free to share some of your own keys to contentment in the comments!