I’ve grown a lot this past year – mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Especially spiritually. But I still have a lot of growing to do. And probably always will.
My pastor’s email devo this morning was just fantastic. In it he says:
“Let me remind you this morning and that you can slip and fall down but you are never going to slip and fall up. You can drift down stream but you are never going to drift up stream. You can fall into sin (Galatians 6:1) but you are never going to fall into maturity. It is going to take a determination and commitment on your part. But the Bible calls us to that life. And honestly, you are never, ever going to be satisfied and content in your life until you grow into the person that He created you to be.”
And that is so very, very true. I’ve witnessed people run from God and His plan their entire lives. They refuse to be content and are always searching for the next one thing that is going to make them happy. And they never find it.
They aren’t content with their job, so they look for another one. Then they either don’t like the options presented, or refuse to make a change, so they continue to complain.
They aren’t satisfied with their car, so the buy a newer, nicer, shinier one. And still aren’t happy with it. Because it needs chrome or wheels or a sound system or something else to make it perfect.
They aren’t satisfied with their house because it’s too small/old/not in the right neighborhood/yellow/brown/not enough brick/doesn’t have real hardwood floors/big enough closets/room for a pool table/etc./etc./etc.
They aren’t satisfied with their spouse because the relationship is familiar, so they look for something more exciting and enticing and illicit to make them feel “happy”.
They destroy their families in pursuit of “happiness” when all they actually get is a temporary, fleeting moment of pleasure.
They have blessings beyond measure, and they throw it all away to pursue garbage that doesn’t matter in the long run.
They have the God of the universe in front of them offering them contentment and peace and joy in return for just accepting it, and they turn their noses and proclaim His gifts not good enough for them. .And are convinced they can find for something better on their own.
And it’s ALL lies from Satan.
And they are left with absolutely nothing to show for their lives.
It’s sad. And unnecessary.
But there are consequences to be faced for disobedience, and there are consequences to be faced for blatant sin. And to stand in the way of those consequences and try to shield the person from them does them a disservice, because this is a lesson they must learn.
If they don’t, more than their families and lives here will be lost.
6 But godliness with contentment is a great gain.
9 But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root[f] of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
I Timothy 6:6-10
I am thankful that I have learned to be content in all situations. Because I know where my value comes from, and Whose Hand gives me all that I have. I will be happy with and thankful for what He gives me, and count it all as joy. Because He is the source of my joy and peace, not stuff.