With all of the struggles and difficulties facing us on a daily basis, I often wonder if there is a bigger one than the oh-so-common struggle we all face in being content. It is a struggle which can pop up any time and anywhere, regardless of situation or circumstance. Of course, we often think of facing down the demon of discontent during difficult times, but it can rear its ugly head during the best of times, stealing our joy and turning the light and hope of life into a shadowy vision of what it should be.
This life is a battle - a constant battle, a constant struggle to not only own the claims and truths of the Bible but to actually live them and repeat them until they become true. It does not matter how I "feel" or what circumstances appear to be. Contentment is something I have been called to have regardless. Contentment has nothing to do with physical position or well-being, nothing to do with my bank account or monthly check. It has everything, however, to do with my position in Christ.
We always think of the fact that Jesus will never leave or forsake us but not often within the context of contentment. Hebrews 13:5 says “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” This verse makes it abundantly clear - contentment is in direct relation to our position in Christ. We are commanded to be content because we have Him! For no other reason are we commanded to have this attitude, mindset, and way of living. It is because He is with us.
What thanks we can render to the Lord when we embrace this truth! What thanks we can give for all He has given and all He continues to do. What thanks we can give when we realize that everything we are and all we have is a gift of His grace and mercy. What thanks He deserves, what praise, what glory and honor! We should, indeed, be praising Him continually and consistently, for there is no end to the commendation He deserves. Let us thank and praise Him not just this week, but each day of the long year through!