We are born in sin, wandering off the track, not recognizing God’s paths. Our hearts are hardened in the delusion of sin – our rebellion against God. Yet, God says, “I will heal their apostasy, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from them” (Hosea 14:4).
Do you ever wonder how we can be content when our lives are sometimes troubled even after becoming a Christian? How do we regain an eternal perspective during and after each upsetting circumstance when often negative emotions disturb our peace and patience?
As I thought about what hymn to write on for this month’s newsletter on “Contentment,” my mom suggested “Blessed Assurance.” I think this hymn fits perfectly with the chosen theme. Knowing we have “blessed assurance” of our relationship in Christ, we can be content despite the trials life will contain (Hebrews 10:22). True contentment can be attained when we put our entire trust and hope in God’s goodness and love. If we are seeking fulfillment and happiness from anything but God, we will never gain true contentment in this life. The two women who composed the lyrics and music for this hymn both faced many trials in this life.
Is it really possible? Can a Christian really have a “peace that passes all understanding” and a “contentment in whatever state I'm in”? It seems so beyond reality. We grasp for it but don't see how in our own circumstances that could be possible. “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:11-13 NKJV).
Are you content with your life? I think if we all looked deep inside and considered our lives honestly, we would answer “no.” Maybe the grass seems greener on your neighbor’s lawn, or maybe you feel restless with your spiritual maturity. Whether you believe in the sovereignty of God and the direction of the Holy Spirit or not, you are where God has stationed you in life for the time-being. You are where He intends you to be. Yet, we are unsatisfied. Maybe our difficulties outweigh our pleasures. Maybe we long for companionship and yet are alone. Maybe instead of blessings, we feel our faith has brought us suffering. Why is this?