Contentment Doesn’t Hasten God’s Hand
“The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.” Psalm 16:5
“Once you’re content, then God will give you the desires of your heart.”
If you haven’t heard this statement before, I’m not sure where you’ve been. It seems to be a common thread in many conversations regarding singleness as well as the discussions of other unmet desires. And it’s just not true.
Discontentment doesn’t always delay the Giver’s giving, nor does contentment hasten His hand. God gives to us what is most needful to us and at just the right time. We don’t earn His gifts by becoming content. Rather, He freely gives them to us.
Many of us remain unsatisfied until God fulfills our most pressing desire. We got what we wanted, but we find our discontentment has only been rerouted to something else. The discontent single gal will marry, taking her discontented heart into the marriage with her. The childless wife who idolizes children will receive a baby and yet her eyes will shift to dissatisfaction over something else.
We are a people prone to wander, prone to complain, and prone to forget God’s goodness and faithfulness.
Truly, discontentment is a heart issue, not a circumstance issue. We can be wholly content even when God withholds good things from us because he is good and he is worthy of our trust.
May God be our chosen portion—the greatest treasure of our hearts.
Father, we often fix our eyes on our desires as if they are the ultimate treasure. May it not be so. Give us eyes to see your beauty and goodness. Help us to love you more than anything else. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Have you placed an unmet desire before your God? Confess. Then take hold of the grace offered to you by Christ. Pray that he would give you a heart that loves God above all other things.
About the Author
Brittany Allen is a follower of Christ, wife to James, and momma to two in Heaven. She exists to bring God glory and prays her writing is an avenue for that. She longs to encourage women to think and live biblically and thrives on seeing women open up their hearts to the Savior and to other women around them.