There is an ongoing battle with good and evil, right and wrong, justice and injustice that has existed since the Fall of Lucifer. The original parents of humankind–Adam and Eve–lost immortality along with face-to-face communication with God, and expulsion from their perfect home, the Garden of Eden because of the desire for the unknown and the forbidden.
Dissatisfaction leads to the desire for things that Satan presents in a sensationalized fashion to confuse us even further as he leads us down the road to disobedience. Satan has always presented God as unfair and tyrannical; a God who has established impossible to achieve standards for his created beings. However, when we study the Bible which reveals God’s character, we find that His love is consistent; He is always faithful; and His love has no boundaries; even so, we are required to do our part through obedience, prayer, and study of his Word.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV
God’s promises are conditional–there is always an “if and then” which indicates active participation is required on the part of the giver and the receiver. Remember, that God is always faithful, in spite of our weaknesses. There is only one way to prevent or inhibit the seed of a discontented mindset from growing, and that is to nurture a mindset of obedience and gratitude for all that God has blessed us with.
The Apostle Paul shares his secret to spiritual contentment:
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:11-12
Once we acknowledge that our inconsistencies are great, we will come to appreciate God’s faithfulness and His mercies upon our lives. It is the unconditional love and patience of our heavenly Father that prevents us from experiencing immediate destruction for our terrible sins that we commit on a daily basis.
Be grateful in all situations! We do not have to stay in the crossfire–choose who you will serve–and you will experience all the steadfast promises of peace and contentment that only our wonderful Father can provide.
I love you, I love you, I love you Lord today, because you care for me, in such a special way.
Prayer for today: Dear God, I ask for nothing today. I am thanking you for your great love and faithfulness that will always endure. I love you Lord and from this day forward, I will nurture a spirit of contentment and gratitude. This prayer I ask in the worthy name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019