“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Philippians 4:11 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible) This morning as I read this scripture I asked myself, “What does contentment really look like?” I know we all think we know what it would take to make us feel content or comfortable in life. As a society we often have trouble feeling satisfied with where we are in life. As a whole, we are depressed and unhappy. And we are raising children to feel the same.…

“The center of the word “life” is if? If I get that promotion… If my husband doesn’t get sick… If my children behave… If I had a bigger house… If it doesn’t rain tomorrow…

Life is full of uncertainties. Instead of enjoying life, we often tread water, wallowing in worries about the future. We delay enjoying our spouses, children, homes, and friends until the perfect time that may never come.

Why take a vacation, if it’s not the perfect vacation? My furniture is worn, I can’t possibly entertain! I’m overweight, no one wants to be my friend.

Life doesn’t come with guarantees. Until we can be happy in the middle of the “if’s,” we will never really experience life.

Prayer: Dear Lord, You’ve told us to be content with what we have (Hebrews 13:5). Thank you for each blessing. We want to really “live” our lives. With Your help, we can.

Devotion by Bonnie Peacock

How often have we heard our children say, “I want one!” Regardless of what it was, they wanted it simply because someone else had one. The children of Israel thought they wanted one; a king that is.

“Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay, but we will have a king over us” (1 Samuel 8:19 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible).

God knew they didn’t need an earthly king but allowed them to have one because they asked for it. Did it help their situation? Not at all. Samuel, the man of God, knew what was best for God’s people because he listened to God. Do you want something when God has already said, “No”? Listen to the man of God. God speaks through him to you.

Prayer: Lord, help me to be content with what You have given me. You know what’s best even when I want something that is not in Your will. Amen.

Devotion by: Kaye Singleton