“We need to deal with God… that God may be glorified in our condition, whatever it is. If he wills for us to be rich and full, that he might be glorified in our bounty; if he wills us to be poor and low, that he may be glorified in our patience; if he will have us healthy, that he may be glorified in our labour; if he will have us sick, that he may be glorified in our pain; if he will have us live, that he may be glorified in our lives; if he will have us die, that he may be glorified in our deaths” (Romans 14:8). — Thomas Manton
Discontentment comes from having the wrong goal: our happiness.
Though it is natural to desire to be happy, if this is our goal in life, we’ll always be frustrated and discontented. First of all, because we can’t always be happy – in this fallen world we will suffer. We won’t get all the things we want. And even if we did, earthly things won’t satisfy us. The only thing that can truly satisfy anyone is Jesus Christ.
The key to growing in contentment is to make our goal the glory of God. To glorify God with our lives, whether we are rich or poor, healthy or suffering. To glorify him whether we are married or single, surrounded by friends or lonely.
And God knows exactly what will glorify him most.
He knows exactly what to bring into our lives that we might most glorify him. It may bring him the most glory for us to trust and rejoice in him and declare that he is good through sickness. We may think we could glorify God most by generosity. God may know we will glorify him more by trusting him to provide our daily bread.
God glorifies himself in blessing his children. He’s lavish, generous and gives us many good things, for which we should thank him and praise him. Yet God’s goal is that we might know him and become like his Son. And this will glorify him more and make us more happy in the long run than any worldly blessing.
O gracious Father, loving Lord Jesus, wonderful Holy Spirit,
Be glorified in me
Praise you that you always do for me
What is most loving
And what will most glorify you.
Help me to be content
And to praise you in every circumstance
And help me make your glory
The goal of my life.
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