Contentment is finding joy in what God has given to you. Contentment is a Christian grace that grows over time. And unfortunately, it doesn’t come quickly enough sometimes. I still struggle with resting in the assurance that Christ is sufficient. Paul says in Philippians 4:12, “I have learned to be content”. It’s a gradual process just like healing brokenness. God uses the experience of loss and pain to produce the good fruit of contentment. One thing I have realized over the past few weeks as the semester is ending and the year is coming to a close is that no matter what my circumstance, Christ is worthy. He is worthy of my praise. He is worthy of my devotion. He is worthy of my love. He is worthy of my repentance and my joy. He is worthy.
So many times I turn to Scripture, I cry tears of pain to God. I wonder if there is hope when I feel hopeless. That is so far from the truth. The heart of worship is found in the praise of the object of my love: God. David says in Psalm 18:1-2,
“I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
My praise starts with remembering the full weight of the incredible, steadfast love of God. I praise God because of His faithfulness that endures forever. We live in a culture where so few things are faithful and enduring. Yet through all the brokenness of this world, God is still faithful. Think about these words: faithful, endure, forever. All three of those contain elements of each other in a way that almost seems redundant. Faithful means fidelity. Endurance means you’re in it for the long haul. And forever — well — means forever. So here we are reminded that God is a triple dose of fidelity. Not just faithful. Not just enduring faithfulness. But enduring faithfulness forever. Wow.
John Piper says, “To be worthy of the infinite worth of Jesus is to see and savor him as infinitely worthy.” I become worthy of grace when I see my need for grace. And sometimes this ‘seeing my need for grace’ is through the tough situations of life. But when we finally embrace the infinite value of God’s grace, our desperate preference for His gracious worthiness over all things – boy can we treasure it and receive it in the most beautiful way possible.
Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
In Christ Always,