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“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”

I have a tiny problem. Maybe you have it to. It’s called the case of the wants.

Your parents may have huffed and sighed when they diagnosed you because every TV commercial that came your way had you wanting that product. And now that I’m all grown up, I can say it’s a real thing. My kids have it and it’s why their birthday/Christmas list stays populated.

But I didn’t realize until recently, that I still have it to.

I want takeout.

I want new clothes.

I want a vacation.

I want a second car.

Seriously, I could populate this whole blog post with a case of the wants. But this time, I decided to turn my wants over to God and seek His will for me. In fact, I’ve let Paul inspire me to seek a content life in the presence of my Savior.

You can see through scripture how much Paul relied on God to get him through. And I wonder, when did I stop letting God meet my every need and let emptiness have me searching infomercials. But it’s not just material things that I want.

I want good health. Not just for myself, but for my children and loved ones also. Actually, moreso for my children.

And in that, I need to learn to be content. Not to say that God cannot or will not heal myself or my children. But I don’t want to let worry or fear of their future in illness consume me and push out my joy for God and who He is in my life, in their lives. I want to be content, knowing if I’m never healed, if my children are never healed, that God is enough.

I want to take a page from Abraham’s faith when he was willing to sacrifice his son. Because Abraham knew God is enough. I’m not there yet, but I know since my desire to be content in God’s perfect presence is His will for me, it will happen. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday. Until then, I will seek Him every day, arms open and willing to learn the day’s lesson in contentment.

Toni Shiloh About Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. You can visit Toni at her website.

Comments

  1. Well said. I definitely don’t have Paul’s level of contentment, but I want to be content. I need to remember to pray for the grace to be content in my current state.

    Philippians 4:11
    “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”

  2. Laurie Driesen says:

    Wow, Toni. That is a much needed message, especially in today’s society. Lord, help me to be content!

  3. I’m not there yet either with Abraham’s faith. In my Facebook Live Sunrise Devotions Aug. 1, I shared in my section: Blessed Are They, the sacrifice of a group of nuns who prayed that the Nazis would spare the lives of families being rounded up. They offered themselves as sacrifices in the families place. The Nazis arrested them, had them kneel before an open grave, and shot them one by one. They were content to give their lives so others may live. Now that’s a whole ‘nother level of content, no?

    I’ll stay with you on yours. Well done, Toni.

    Chris Sauter Manion

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