Day 22~ Glad for What We Have!

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 30:7–9

You may have heard some preachers and teachers leave the impression that God intends for every Christian to be materially rich. Others go too far the other way, proudly wearing poverty like a cloak of self-righteous sainthood. Today’s proverb puts a proper perspective on the whole thing. The Word is teaching us to focus more on being grateful for where we are—not only because to do otherwise would be sinful and proud, but also because we don’t know what the Lord may be saving us from by not giving us everything we might want.

Even if we possess much less than others have, if our hearts are full of gratitude, neither money nor the lack of it can shake our contented dependence on God.

Ask the Lord to show you if there is any root of discontentment or “love of money” in your heart. Ask Him to provide just what He knows you need—enough to keep you from being tempted to sin to get your needs met, but not so much that you no longer need to rely on Him as your Provider. Take some time to thank Him for His practical, material provision in your life.

Pray for a Grateful Heart
Heavenly Father, today I acknowledge You as Provider for all I need in this life. I choose to trust You for what You’ve given as well as for what You’ve withheld. Make my heart learn contentment in plenty and in want so that I might praise You in all circumstances. Thank You!

Life Application:

"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" Philippians 4:11-13

I was thinking about this verse the other day, and noticing how many things Paul had gone through and he still had a heart of contentment. How many of us have the knowledge of what it means to be truly abase and what it means to abound? How many of us have been very hungry, or very needy? Not many of us, I presume. And yet even in spite of our comfortable living, our plentiful nutritious food, our warm clothes, our loving families, and so much more that we have been given, we still find it hard to be content and happy where we are. Why? I wonder if it could be our hearts? I wonder if it could be that we don't truly believe that God can do all things through us?

This week let's try to not think about ourselves. Every time we find ourselves wanting a little more of something, let's thank God for what He has given us, and then use that desire to show His love to another person. Let's cultivate that heart of contentement right now, and not wait until it's too late. And let's remember that the secret of contentment is found in a heart of genuine gratefulness to God!

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