The world teaches discontentment. The world says go faster, get more, climb higher.
God tells us to be content.
When we are constantly striving for more and better our soul becomes disturbed and unsettled.
King David said; “Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eye lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me. Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul like a weaned child with his mother…”
When we are pursuing the dreams God has for us, our souls will be at rest.
But when we are discontent with God’s dreams and pursue our own, we are becoming haughty and will lose our peace.
Pay Attention to That in Which You Listen
Advertisement is created to make you discontent with where you are, who you are and what you have. Then they offer you a pill, plan, or book to help you get more. Most of the time you do not even know you are missing anything until the ad shows up and creates discontentment.
The apostle Paul tells us, “for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.”
In another place he says, “let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
We don’t always have to be pursuing a higher paycheck, or a bigger house, or a bigger dream. We need to take time to be quiet and listen to God so we know what to pursue, so that we are pursuing what He wants us to pursue.
Each of Us Will Have Different Pursuits
Some, by the leading of God, will pursue big dreams, and others, by the leading of God will pursue simple dreams. I use the terms big and simple as terms of value that the world would use. In reality what the world might consider a big dream in God’s eyes could be an insignificant dream. At the same time what the world would consider a small and simple dream, God could view it to be of great value for his kingdom.
We can only discern this as we walk in the Spirit, abide in his word and wait quietly upon him.
But our measuring stick is contentment. Are we content? The answer to this question will let us know if we are in the will of God or if we have wandered off the path.