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January 10, 2017, 9:13 AM

January 11, 2017

“A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work.  This too, I see, is from God, for without Him, who can eat or find enjoyment?”  Ecclesiastes 2: 24-25

     The Bible is very clear about instructions for every area of our lives.  One of the major themes we see in God’s Word is satisfaction with His provisions.  It is very easy, in our culture, for the term satisfaction to become twisted.  The meaning found in Scripture moves us toward a sense of thankfulness and appreciation to God for His daily provisions.  In our society, the word satisfied is used to further the attitude that one cannot or should not do any better.  These are two fundamentally different understandings of the same word.

     Are you satisfied?  Do you enjoy your work, your home, your children and your lifestyle?  Have you ever noticed how television commercials focus on areas where people struggle with satisfaction?  If there is any feeling of discontentment, the commercials seem to steadily reinforce that feeling.  That is the tool companies use to make people try products they think will make them have more, look better, feel better and live better.  The truth is: it probably will not!  The apostle Paul used the words content and contentment to help us grasp a real understanding of satisfaction (Philippians 4:11).  It sounds as though Paul understood contentment and satisfaction to be an attitude based on our relationship with God.

     We can be sure that contentment and satisfaction will not be found by comparing ourselves to others.  In Philippians 4:12, we find that Paul had “learned the secret of being content”.  What was Paul’s secret?  The secret Paul learned consisted of one basic principle that we should know.  Paul learned to consistently and faithfully trust Christ to give him strength in every circumstance.  One of the biggest problems, even among Christians, is trying to compare our life, physically and spiritually, with everybody else.  That is a sure way to discouragement and dissatisfaction in your life.  You’ll never be like someone else, and God did not create you to be that way.

     People are looking for the real deal today.  They are not interested in phony, make believe people, especially among Christians.  They are looking around at those who are really satisfied even in the difficult times.  Solomon’s words are so true: “without Him, who can eat or find enjoyment?”  We must understand that our contentment is in direct proportion to our relationship with God.  May you have a blessed week filled with joy, contentment and satisfaction as you trust God in everything!

                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                Brad and Virginia


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