I’ve decided to get back into blogging, so welcome (or welcome back!) to Piece of Mind. For my first post, I decided to share a devotional I recently wrote for my editorial page in our church’s monthly newsletter.
Contentment Doesn’t Depend on Circumstances
“If Eve wasn’t content in the garden, what makes me think I will be content if only my circumstances were different? Contentment doesn’t come from perfect circumstances but from fixing our eyes on Jesus and what’s eternal, not on what’s temporary.”
I recently came across this insight (I don’t know who wrote it) and it really jumped out at me. For years I have asserted that contentment is a choice and that it depends on our willingness to be grateful for what we have instead of lamenting over what we don’t have…but I had never thought about how perfectly Eve’s story teaches this lesson.
There she was, in paradise, with a perfect man in a perfect environment with no work to do, no pain, no material needs, no stress, no conflicts. Everything that any one of us has ever imagined would bring us happiness, Eve had it. But when Eve faced the choice to be content with all that God had given her or to reach for something that promised to make her happier, she caved. She wanted more even though her cup was already full to overflowing. She chose to believe the lie that what she had wasn’t enough. Sadly, that discontent led to her demise.
It occurs to me that Eve’s story isn’t recorded in the Bible simply to give us historical information about the first human rebellion against God, but to teach me and you a lesson that, heeded, can help us avoid making the same foolish choices.
Do you go through each day, week after week, year after year, waiting for and wondering about that elusive something that will finally make you happy? You may say that God is all you need and yet there is still a sense that you’re not quite complete, that there’s something out there that will finally fulfill you—marriage, children, your dream job, your dream house, financial stability, healing, weight loss, an exotic vacation, etc.
It’s a lie from the enemy. When the psalmist said, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4), he wasn’t implying that Christians will see all their fantasies materialize. No, he was reminding us that only God can satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts. And this is not an empty promise. God will fill your cup to overflowing when you stop depending on “things” to bring you contentment.
Try it. Ask God to give you a hunger for Him. You’ll be amazed at how He satisfies that appetite!