This thought came after reading about a pastors counselling experience with a couple who were seeking a divorce. The pastor realised that the womans happiness seemed to depend all on her husband. He went on to explain to her that she needed to be a happy individual completely fulfilled by God and not dependant for that of others.
Do I depend on things or others for my happiness? I’m certainly not materialistic. I don’t need to have the latest gadget or fashion accessory. But maybe I expect others or circumstances to make me happy. The ‘if only disease’. My husband says I’m a half glass empty person. So I know this is something I have to work on daily.
“We live in a world that is full of very discontented people”. John MacArthurs theory is this “The more you have the more discontent you become.” So I find myself returning to Paul in Philippians where he talks about the secret of contentment.
Phil 4:11 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.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. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
What a great place to be. Paul despite all his hardships and hurts had learnt to be content; whether in need or in plenty. He was satisfied. John MacArthur says “Paul had learned the providence of God – the reason this man was content was because he knew that the times and the seasons and the opportunities of life were controlled by a sovereign God.”
So I pray “Help me Lord to be content, not to look to others, circumstances or things for my happiness but to remember this: that you have everything, every detail of my life in your hands. You are the one who supplies all my needs in Christ Jesus. Amen