Q: What is real contentment?
A: An inner poise, a deep seated joy that can handle anything life throws at you.
It’s not detachment or resignation. It’s not a personality trait. It’s not rooted in your circumstances.
Paul had to learn to be content. (See Philippians 4: 10-23) So do you. It’s a life-long lesson, which is not learned overnight. (How wonderful because I’m a failure at it.)
Can your contentment deal with the highs and lows of life? Both the failures and the successes? (My kind takes me on a roller coaster ride every time.)
You try to change your circumstances or fix yourself believing that will make you content. (A better spouse, a modern kitchen, a new body, flashier clothes, whiter teeth.)
Ask yourself next time you are unhappy: who or what has seized the title to your heart? Mark that as an idol and smash it.
Here’s what true about idols: Idols can’t deliver. They lie. They trap and enslave you. Idols don’t handle the weight of life.
Who is your God? Who are you trusting?
Only Jesus Christ delivers what he promises. He gives you the meaning to the details of your life, even your suffering.
Q: What are the marks of contentment?
A: Gratitude to God for rescuing you from sin and death and giving you new life in his Son, and generosity toward your neighbor.
Contentment is found only in the gospel.