Sometimes contentment comes when we are tired of being wounded by the world, exhausted trying to measure up and keep up and buck up. We limp to the Shepherd with tears in our eyes. We see Him then, not as somebody who wants to force us to do something we don’t want to do, but as somebody who has something we desperately need.
Contentment is when we tell the Shepherd that His provision is enough for all our physical and materials needs. If our old car gimps down the road, that is fine. If we get a shiny newer auto with less gimp, that too is fine. Because it is not about the cars. My contentment is unaltered in any circumstance, because the Shepherd is the source of my provision and He doeth all things well.
Contentment is when we tell the Shepherd that His presence is sufficient for all our emotional needs. We seek solutions for the emptiness in many directions, all of them lacking. But those who go deep with Jesus discover He is always better. The greater our intimacy, the greater our contentment.
I really needed to read this this week. It was a very Providential reading for our first week of school.