God's Teaching

pursuit of contentment?

‘Contentment’ because it’s a pretty all-encompassing word. What I mean by it is this: overflowing joy, unmistakable peace. To be gentle, loving, caring, and understanding. I’ve been pursuing this for far too long. They are great things, but never should they be the object of my pursuit. I don’t know one person that would not like to have joy and peace. The difficulty comes when I make finding joy or peace or love or understanding the goal. It is not meant to work that way, so it never will. I can search all I want for these things, but I will never find them by searching for them. Crazy as it may seem, it’s what the Bible says. Colossians 3:2 “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” And another, Matthew 6:33 “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Psalm 37:4 says “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Notice that each one of these verses begins with what we are to seek instead, and ends with an outcome. The Psalm verse begins with “delight yourself in the Lord.” The verse does not go on to say “..so He will give you the desires.” And the verse does not say “seek the desires of your heart and delight in the Lord.” It was written how it is for a purpose. Delight yourself in the Lord. What does that mean?

To be with Him, spend time with Him. To read what He has to say to me in the Bible and pray. To tell Him what’s on my heart. To thank Him for all the incredible things He does for me every day- whether I notice them or not! He wants to be known by me. And there is a way to know Him personally! How incredible!

The second half of the verse says “and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Does that mean that if we just seek Him for a while, then He’ll give us whatever we want? No. And thank goodness. I may think that I have good motives, but sometimes I’m seeking God for the benefits. I want Him to bless me with peace and joy so I spend time with Him. Well isn’t that the same thing as seeking peace and joy, but using God as a means to the end? God will change our desires to be like His (which are good, perfect, and holy- YAY) when we’re seeking Him!

Psalm 51:10 says “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Ezekiel 36:26 is almost a response to that request: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” -that sounds like He’s changing our heart!  God has changed those who have become followers of Christ. So we now have a heart of flesh. My prayer is that I will desire to seek God for Him and nothing beyond, because He is everything that I need. I pray that over you, reader.

May God give you His desires for your life.

Maggie

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