Godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6). In a world where we are often reminded of the need to have more, it takes great discipline to be and stay content. The bible tells us that it is a great gain to be content because this is where our happiness comes from.
I have been reflecting and searching my heart to see if i am truly content in certain areas or if i am using the phrase ‘contentment‘ to mask my laid down hope. I am trusting God that i am able to explain what i mean well in order not to confuse my readers.
Let’s see what the two key words in this blog title means.
Contentment: A state of happiness and satisfaction.
Hope: A feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen.
Contentment and laid down hope are two different things. For example, a lady who have always had the desire to have kids. God has confirmed to her that she will have her own children. 5 years later, herself and her husband are still struggling to have kids. The devil starts twisting the word of God and starts to tell her to accept childlessness as her cross in life. She gives up the hope of having babies and camouflages this with contentment. She talks herself off the plan and will of God for her life and tries to adjust to the new life she has now embraced with the help of the lies of the devil.
It could be that you have the desire to be married but you’ve crossed 30 and the last time you went on a date was 5 years ago. Now you are trying to embrace the ministry of singleness as you shut down the desire to get married each time it comes up.
Or maybe you have a desire to go to university but you don’t have the perfect condition for it at the moment. As such you have embraced the idea that you don’t need to go to university to succeed and you have started paving another path for yourself.
Maybe you have been diagnosed with an illness and God has told you that you will be healed. You have held on for a while and because the healing has not yet taken place, you have now accepted the sickness as a cross you have to bear here on earth. You are now thinking perhaps the healing God was referring to is spiritual healing or maybe when you get to heaven. As a result, your prayer points have changed from “i receive my healing according to the word of God” to “God help me to endure this sickness”.
In most cases, what you are accepting as a substitute is not a sin and it isn’t bad. However you know that that is not what God told you.
Does the above make sense? It applies to every facet of life.
I encourage you today to hold on to God’s word. Until He tells you otherwise, stay hopeful. Don’t quench that desire and stop being in denial of them. He is faithful and just to bring what He said to pass.