Wednesday, October 25, 2006

glorifying God through contentment

Here's a good quote from John MacArthur about how we are to glorify God with our lives by being content in God at all times.
We may be discontented about ourselves and about our circumstances. But who made us? God. And He promises to supply all our needs. When we are content, we acknowledge God’s sovereignty in our lives, and that gives Him glory. If we are discontented, it’s the same as questioning God’s wisdom. That doesn’t glorify Him.

Paul testified, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am” (Philippians 4:11). Paul was confident that God would use all things—poverty as well as abundance, comfort as well as pain—for Paul’s good and God’s glory (Romans 8:28). He didn’t say, “I’ll give God glory in spite of my pain.” He said, “I will give God glory because of it.”

A Christian who is discontented for any reason—job, spouse, finances—is a terrible testimony about the goodness of our God. What kind of God do we have? Is He really sovereign? Can He really be trusted? Glorifying God means that we praise Him with absolute contentment, knowing that our lot is God’s plan for us now.
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2 comments:

JD said...

Jason,

I have spoken with my wife about this many times...being content with our blessings and praising God even in the tough times. When I say, "I am content with our life and with our marriage." She seems to hear, "You are not on fire for me or our marriage." “

To the contrary,” I say, “I am at peace with our marriage, happy and joyful, and it does not mean I will not strive, through Christ's direction, to always try to make things better.“

Watch those words when you talk to your wife about contentment...I think women believe it to mean "settling for mediocrity,” as opposed to “I am at ease and peace in the Lord with our situation, always striving to achieve more, as guided by the Spirit.”

PAX
JD

Jason Woolever said...

ha ha. thanks for the warning. i need all the help i can get!