“…contentment is a choice.”

quietplaceFrom The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings by Nancy Leigh DeMoss:

Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” — Luke 1:38

I have come to believe that we can manage to acquire just about anything that we’re determined to have. If we want to be married badly enough, we can find someone who will marry us. If an unhappy spouse wants to get out of marriage badly enough, he or she can get out. If we want a newer model car or a college education, we can take out a loan.

But we need to be reminded of how dangerous it is to insist that God give us our own will. In fact, one of my fears is that God will give me everything I want! The history of the Israelites is a vivid reminder that when God gives us what we demand, we may also get “leanness” of soul to go along with it (Ps. 106:15 NKJV).

Over the years, I have grown to realize that contentment is a choice. True joy is not the result of having everything I want, but of gratefully receiving exactly what God has given me. The enemy has robbed many of us of our joy by getting us to live in that foolish realm of “if only.”

“If only I had a husband.” “If only I didn’t have a husband!” “If only we had children.” “If only we didn’t have so many children.” “If only I had a different job.” “If only I lived in a different place.” “If only I could own a home.” “If only our winters weren’t so long…”

The fact is, if we are not content with what we have, we will never be content with what we think we want. The key to joyous living is to embrace the will of God and to receive with gratitude the gifts He chooses to give us in each season of life.

Can you identify any areas of discontent that may have been robbing you of the ability to fully enjoy what God has given you?

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