Working Toward Contentment, Part 3 — More Contentment Killers

Psalm 73:12 Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches. 
13 All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence. 
14For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning. 
15If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children. 

16But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, 
17 until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end. (ESV)

Contentment is killed when I have my eyes on others, wanting what they have. It is also killed when I keep my eyes on myself, resenting what I don’t have. Resenting God’s mercy and common grace extended to the “undeserving;” weary of trying to “be good” and “do good” when it doesn’t seem to make a difference. 

Have you been there? Why them? Why me? Why this? Why? Why?

When my focus is on others or on myself, there is no room for joy and contentment. Envy, despair, self-righteousness, doubt, depression, exhaustion crowd out all other emotions.

So, how do I work toward contentment? 

It’s time to look up. . .into the sanctuary of God . . .back to the Truth. Back to God’s character. 

“Truly, God is good . . .”

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