Post by Lorri Wallace
If you were at the Women’s Conference, you KNOW we all have this, but it is a soul sickness worth discussing again and learning how to guard our hearts against. You should ask yourself these questions often. Am I always discontent? Is my soul restless? Why do I always want something else? Discontentment has the powerful ability to move us from the peace of God and the places of God. It is the restless desire for those things we DON’T have. I didn’t say need. It is attractive and seducing just for the simple fact we don’t have it. How is that so powerful? It’s powerful because alleviating discontentment outside of biblical truth is deceptive. Our contentment never lies in the next thing we acquire or the place we arrive. We change relationships, churches, neighborhoods, careers, hobbies, cars and even sometimes, spouses. At first, it’s heaven, it’s everything we ever wanted and more, but then a little itch starts deep in our soul and discontentment creeps back in. What is wrong with us? Why is it always something else? What truth did Paul know about contentment that allowed him to lead a fruitful and peaceful life in spite of his circumstances?
Paul told us his secret in Philippians 4:12, “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.” He says he learned the secret of being content. Ok sir, what is it? You have to read on down a little further in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” There it is. All things done through him. My contentment, my strength, my abilities and my satisfaction are never outside of him. This the crux of our mistake. We desire things outside the place and provision of Him. Paul knew that wherever he found himself and whatever he had was a direct result of God’s provision and presence in his life. He never relied on his strength or the strength of others. In this truth of limits by God, provision by God and strength in God, there was no need for Paul to fight against the place he was and the provision he had. Through him and in his presence, wherever and whatever was sufficient.
I told a funny story at the conference about my husband and our annual fast. We fast at the beginning of each year, and my husband prays and picks depending on what the Lord lays on his heart. This was a particularly stressful year, and I did NOT want to give up my coffee. Our fasts in the past had included no electronics, no purchase from Amazon (this lasted a year) and no complaining (this about took me out). I prayed that year, Lord, please don’t let him say coffee. I thought I got off easy. This was our fast: spend one hour a day in God’s presence for thirty days. No distractions. Sadly, it was the hardest fast I have ever done. I told the ladies, I’m pretty sure I slept 22 days in God’s presence. So, I challenge you, if you find yourself with a soul itch, do this fast before you do anything else. After that, see what matters. IN HIS PRESENCE THERE IS PLENTY.
Move, love and contentment.