Christians, I am reminded of a situation where I saw firsthand how discontent our flesh can be. A relative I love had a legitimate complaint with their old television set and that TV was replaced. A brand new TV was set up for them and on the very next day, and there were complaints about this new TV. It amazed me, but it also showed me just how difficult our flesh is. It is not about this relative personally, it was just the example God used to show me this revelation.
We must find our contentedness in Christ Jesus alone. This world is corrupt and falling away. Our flesh is corrupt and wants to fall away with it. We must be very careful to look at the positive of every situation and be content with where God has us. If we are not content, God could shift the circumstances and bring us to someplace brand new and we could still end up a complaining person. I challenge you, look at the situation God has you in, now look at the things you “complain” about. Be honest, do not add lying to the mix. Examine the things you complain about and see if they are situational things and season specific things, or things that could follow you anywhere?
My wife and I looked at our situation and resolved to be very aware of what we complain about because we did not want God to move us into our new season and bring a complaining mindset with us. Remember that ALL things are temporary, even things that may be with you your whole life, will not follow you into eternity. God wants His people to rejoice, giving thanks to Him at all times in all seasons. You cannot do that if you have a complaining, upset, discontent way about you. I truly believe the key to happiness is being content exactly where God has you.
The Apostle Paul summed it up the best when he described the horrific situations he had been found in, and how he had found how to be content regardless. To the average person, this is unimaginable, but with Jesus it is possible. Christians, seek contentment, find it in Jesus and revolutionize your life. Despite the physical, temporal circumstances you may face, you will find joy in contentment, and the joy of the Lord will be your strength to overcome anything. I pray God guide you into His joy and contentment in Jesus Name, Amen.
The Israelites frequently complained in the desert. For context, God delivered them from SLAVERY, where they were beat, mistreated, and living under forced working conditions. Yet in their new situation they complained about many things, from food availability, variety, water, conditions. God was about to take them into the Promised Land, and their discouragement about the task ahead led to more complaining:
All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.” Numbers 14:2-4 (NIV)
Instead of embracing the promise, they desired to go back to SLAVERY!
Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among yourselves]. Philippians 2:14 (AMP)
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)
But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. I Timothy 6:6-8 (NASB)
written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2019