Choosing Gratitude Day 22 — Material Contentment

Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say ‘Who is the Lord?’ or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God. Proverbs 30:7-9

. . .I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11-13

Asking for contentment, more than asking for “things.” Praying for God to satisfy me with His goodness, and trusting Him for His supply.

I say that, but the “but I want . . .” bubbles up so quickly.

Two principles in these passages jumped out to give me hope —

“I ask . . .” and “I have learned . . .”

Contentment is not natural to us. We have to ask for the wisdom and the strength to be content. Contentment is a learned behavior.

Lord, teach me to be content. Show me where you want me to have “more” and give me the strength to trust You. I want to be grateful for Your supply without feeling entitled. And when You give what I don’t anticipate, in trials or difficulty, please help me to be grateful for Your strength to endure, and to trust You to know what is best for me. Thank You for loving me.

Contentment and trust. Can’t have one without the other.

And I am so grateful.

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