Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. ~Proverbs 30:7-9
How would you be described when it comes to satisfaction? Are you someone easy or hard to please? Do you get bored quickly with new technology and gadgets? Are you someone always trying to make a score and add to your collection of accomplishments and accumulations? When is "enough" enough to make you satisfied?
There is the prayer for contentment.
Proverbs 30:7-9 is a prayer by Agur. He has seen the extremes of someone who is desperate and manipulates people to get what he wants, and of someone who already has enough but still craves for more. Dissatisfaction with people and things leads to unhappiness, unrest, and unfulfillment because people think that happiness can only be found in possessions. Agur prays to be removed from vanity and lies. He is asking for enough so that he is always conscious of the presence of God in his life.
There is the practice in contentment.
Contentment occurs when we live a simple, yet spiritual lifestyle. We have achieved true contentment when we do not need things or people to make us happy. It is when eating and doing simple things never loses its fulfillment. It is getting by with the simple things of life. It is being someone who does not take much to please. Hard times and good times are seen as a gift from God. If adjustments have to be made, the contented person is willing to do so. Contentment is only possible when we live for the glory of God and realize that anything we have is better than what we deserve.
There is the prevention in contentment.
Contentment keeps us from the extreme of having no desire for God and the extreme of being hateful of God. Contentment keeps us from committing illegal action. Contentment keeps us from becoming covetous. It keeps us from becoming bitter if things do not turn out the way we hope. It keeps us from committing sin and being out of fellowship with God.
Are you a contented person? Are you someone living an unfulfilled life because you think things are the means to happiness? Are you living in bitterness because someone else has something you think you deserve? If these things are so, now is the time to pray the same prayer as Agur. Now is the time to pray to have enough to meet your needs. Don’t let a desire for fame, fortune, or fantasy rob you of realizing you can be happy with less than what you think you should have. Rejoice that the Lord has saved you and that you are on your way to Heaven. Live for eternity and not for the present. Be someone who is contented with enough being enough!
Have a contented God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Leviticus 14-15