We Find Contentment When We Realize That We Have More Than We Deserve

Many times when we don’t get what we want, questions and accusations start to flit about our minds.

“Why won’t God let me move up in my job? I’ve prayed and prayed and prayed for this. Doesn’t he want me to be happy? He could give me what I want in a second. Maybe he doesn’t love me. Maybe he’s not so good after all.”

The truth is, God will never withhold from us. The greatest, irrefutable proof of God’s generosity is Calvary. Look at the beloved Son, ridiculed by the masses, beaten beyond recognition, hanging upon a cross, slowly suffocating, dying for sinners like you and me. God gave up what was most precious to him so that he could save sinners who hated him. If God was willing to do that, won’t he also give us every good thing that we need? In Romans 8:32 Paul puts it this way: “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?”

Puritan pastor John Flavel says:

Surely if he [God] would not spare his own Son one stroke, one tear, one groan, one sigh, one circumstance of misery, it can never be imagined that ever he should, after this, deny or withhold from his people, for whose sakes all this was suffered, any mercies, any comforts, any privilege, spiritual or temporal, which is good for them.

If we don’t have something we desire, it’s not because God is withholding good from us. God didn’t spare his Son one stroke of misery. He won’t withhold any good thing from us.

Excerpted from The Greener Grass Conspiracy: Finding Contentment on Your Side Of the Fence

Comments

  1. says

    Reading your book The Greener Grass Conspiracy. Received yesterday and am almost done. Will be posting a reveiw on my blog in the next week or so. FANTASTIC so far!

  2. says

    Hey there Stephen,
    I also just received your book yesterday and I cannot put it down! I in fact just read the excerpt that you posted this afternoon on my lunch break! ( I do believe that the Lord is trying to tell me something!)
    Your book was a much needed reminder that I am far too easily pleased and that I am a spoiled brat and need to realize that I am indeed better off than I deserve. I will also post a review on my blog as well. Thank you for yet another great reminder of the greatness of our God and His undeserved mercy and grace.
    Blessings
    Ron Reffett

Trackbacks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>