In this world, there is always something we can find to be discontent with.
I am so fast to blab to my husband about all the things I’m discontent with – work drama, the loud upstairs neighbors, my body, finances, etc. I find myself longing for a family, time and money to travel the world, a beautiful house, a great body, a perfect marriage, unblemished skin, and a more fulfilling job. Only then will I finally be happy, I think to myself.
But all these things I find I’m discontent with are earthly.
The things we long for here do not even slightly compare to the glory that will be shown to us in Heaven (Romans 8:18).
I think sometimes we forget just how much God gives us DAILY. We think we got the short end of the stick, and somehow, we feel we deserve so much more in life. When we complain, we are not looking at the big picture:
This world is not our permanent address. The best is yet to come.
Nothing in this world can satisfy us like God can. We are meant for another world. When we truly believe what the bible teaching, we see the big picture – we understand there is no point in dwelling on our current circumstances.
No matter our circumstances, it is possible to be content – not because of our earthly things but because of our savior.
Our earthly possessions, family, house, and body will never satisfy us because we are not meant for this world.
This is why I’m so passionate about studying God’s word because if truly we soak up the truths in the bible and truly believe them, we suddenly see the bigger picture.
Ask yourself WHY you aren’t content and challenge your reasons with these scriptures:
James 1:2-4 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Romans 8:18 – I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Romans 5:3-5 – Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Joy and thanksgiving should be our focus – they’re directly tied to our contentment in this temporary life. Our circumstances here are so temporary so let’s count it all joy! There is joy planted in each day, and we can find it in Him. No matter what those circumstances are, contentment is possible. The life we we’re living now is not all there is. So, while we’re here on the earth, let’s not waste our time.
Our earthly home may not be perfect, but our heavenly home is perfectly crafted by the hands of God.
Our earthly bodies will decay and tire, but our heavenly bodies are strong and healthy.
Our earthly careers may be just a paycheck, but our heavenly jobs bring pure joy and fulfillment.
Our earthly days may sometimes feel mundane, but our heavenly capacity for joy will never cease.
Our security and fulfillment can only be found in Him. Our discontentment points to our neediness for God. Only He can offer what our bodies, our hearts, and our minds truly desire.
Maybe you feel discontent right now. Maybe you grow weary at times. Maybe you feel discouraged, or burdened, even. Life here is full of challenges, but God gives us the strength to overcome them.
“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” – Psalm 18:3
We have a perfect home awaiting us in heaven.
That is a truth that God is teaching me to continually bear in mind. Deep down, that’s the fulfillment we’re truly longing for. Life here is not all there is.