Contentment - The One Year Devotions for Moms

Contentment

Now the serpent was the shrewdest of all the creatures the Lord God had made. “Really?” he asked the woman. “Did God really say you must not eat any of the fruit in the garden?” “Of course we may eat it,” the woman told him. “It’s only the fruit from the tree at the center of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God says we must not eat it or even touch it, or we will die.”

Genesis 3:1-3

How content are we—with our children, with our abilities, with our financial situations? How do we measure contentment, anyway? Contentment is the state of being satisfied and not desiring more than we already have. Ouch! It hurts just to hear those words because I realize that discontent is something I experience too often.

In the newspaper I read about a prominent builder of upscale homes who said that one of his keys to success is always having a fabulously decorated model home to show to his customers. He said he wants them to walk away feeling terribly dissatisfied with what they already have.

Those feelings of dissatisfaction come straight from the enemy. When Satan came to Eve in the Garden of Eden, he did not remind her of all the wonderful things God had provided for her, but rather he focused on the one restriction. This is typical of Satan’s behavior—he focuses on the thing we don’t have instead of reminding us of all God has given us to enjoy.

God wants us to come to him with thanks for all the things that he has blessed us with. Giving heed to the “if onlys” is an awful trap, and it only causes increased dissatisfaction. When I thank God for all he has given me, I quickly gain a renewed perspective. A grateful person is usually a contented person.

God,

Please forgive us for the times we get a bad case of the “if onlys.” Thank you for your many provisions. May we remember them often. Amen.

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