I see around me a world that seeks happiness and contentment in things, feelings, people and even self. Their god, as ours once was, was our selves. Seeking to satisfy our souls with empty minutes of what we thought was happiness. In reality, it was merely distractions for our insatiable appetite for sin. It was all about me.
There is great sadness and grieving for this culture that seeks all the contentment in all the things and finding none. And at the same time denies the only One that can give them real contentment and peace. The Lord Jesus Christ. Not yet having obtained our glorified bodies, Christians are not immune from this sin or its consequences.
Christian wives, discontentment can creep into our marriages. We may not recognize it at first. It can be the slightest little detail. Say, the baby didn’t take the Two -hour nap today and instead he napped for only an hour. And you didn’t get to do that thing you had planned. Or your husband had to cancel a date night because he needed to get the car fixed. And you had looked forward to that time out of the house with your husband.
What was your response? Were you happy to see your smiling face or even screaming face baby, up early, telling yourself you can surely do that thing tomorrow? Were you thankful your husband could get the car fixed because he knew, and so did you, that you would need that for groceries and errands? What was your response? Did your response build up and encourage? Or did your response breed discontentment in your heart and your marriage?
The sin of discontentment creeps in to our hearts. As women of God, we can take care to guard our hearts. It isn’t so much an issue of the creeping in, the issue comes when we let that discontentment (sin) grow and even feed it. Do you ever think that your husband should be more like so and so’s husband? Or that your hubby should help more around the house when he gets home from work? Are we being content in these thoughts? Or, instead are we thankful to the Lord for our husbands and the hard work they do? Affording us the blessing of staying at home with our children? Are you thankful for a husband that provides and protects his family. Are you thankful for your husband and his service to his family, in providing, and all he does? Do you tell your husband you are thankful for him?
Things to think about:
- Is your heart breeding contentment, in your attitude and your actions?
- Do you encourage contentment in your home ?
- Do you guard your heart by way of God’s Word, ever reminding yourself of God’s wonderful provision in your life?
Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
Psalm 34:10b Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
“Instead of complaining at his lot, a contented man is thankful that his condition and circumstances are no worse than they are. Instead of greedily desiring something more than the supply of his present need, he rejoices that God still cares for him. Such a one is “content” with such as he has. – A.W Pink