It’s taken me a long time (like maybe 55-60ish years), but I finally understand what Paul meant about being content. We humans like to be in control, mainly because we really don’t trust anyone quite as much as we trust ourselves. After all, why would we allow anyone else the power to make decisions for us that could affect the rest of our lives?
But … what if we could turn the control over to someone who would ALWAYS make BETTER choices for us than we would for ourselves? EVERY time? What if it was someone who arguably might love us more than we love ourselves? Say…like…a Father? In fact, THE Father?
What if, instead of asking that my house sell, I ask for His favor, whatever that might be? Even if His favor means I am to stay put? What if, instead of asking for that new job or a promotion in the current one, I ask for His favor (without defining for Him what “favor” would look like in my mind)? Even if His favor does not include a new job or higher pay? What if, instead of pleading for the desires of my heart, I ask Him to change the desires of my heart to match what HE desires? (a win-win situation for sure). Could that possibly be the true meaning of Ps 37:4 “Delight yourselves in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart?” What if? ?? (Interestingly, the word translated as “delight” actually means to be soft, pliable. So, perhaps if I am soft and pliable to Him, he will implant within me (give me) the desires of my heart) . Just something to consider.
Well, I am definitely not perfect, as anyone who knows me well can confirm. I admit I’m still learning. However, I can tell you this. Turning ALL of my ways over to Him has resulted in incredible freedom and contentment. I am learning that when I subdue my own thoughts and ways in favor of His (which are always higher), I WIN! It results in freedom from worry. Freedom from stress. Freedom from overworking my figure-er-out-er ( smile). I am learning that even closed doors can be favor! It’s not rejection…it’s simply direction! As one of my old adult Sunday School teachers used to say “God’s will for your life is exactly what you would want if you had all of the information.”
I’m so grateful that the One Who sees around corners and through walls is willing and oh-so-able to take on the job of managing me!
Oh, Paul, I finally understand!
Php 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.