Contentment is hard to have when you are busy worrying about your life. When we leave our worry to God, He helps us through our worries.
Virtue: CONTENTMENT – Choosing to be happy with what you’ve got.
Scripture Verse: I have learned to be content no matter what happens to me. Philippians 4:11b (NIrV)
Bottom Line: When you trust God, you don’t have to worry about tomorrow. (Matthew 6)
Leave Your Worry to God
Life is full of ups and downs. Taking care of a family is hard. There is a lot to take care of, and a lot of financial things to worry about.
It is hard to be content when you are constantly worrying about taking care of your family.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus encourages us to not worry about tomorrow.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
If God looks after the lilies of the field he will look after us too.
God wants us to look to Him when we worry. We look to Christ for our help and our provision.
As we look to Him and are grateful for all that God has given, then we are able to let God do the worrying for us. Our contentment is in him.
This does not mean that we forget our commitments and responsibilities. But we do stop being so absorbed into it that we lose our focus of God.
I know that is easier said than done. But it is possible. When you are struggling focus on who God is and what he has done.
You will quickly see that he can handle more than the troubles you have.
So if you are struggling with content because of the worries in your life, will you give them to God and let his Big shoulders carry you and your family as you focus on Him?