Still Learning to be Content in the Material World

“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (I Thess. 5:18).
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever” (I Chron. 16:34).
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High” (Ps. 92:1).

November is the month of Thanksgiving and along with many other Facebook users, I’ve been making daily posts of things that I’m thankful for during the entire month. I really believe giving thanks to God for His goodness and many blessings is a helpful remedy for discontentment. Whenever I find myself starting to complain about something, or being discontent in my circumstances, I try to stop myself and turn my complaint into thanks, or to look for something within the situation to thank God for. Or simply thank God for His attributes which never change.

Giving-Thanks-in-All-ThingsIf I’m discontent, I’m basically saying to God that I am not pleased with how He has ordained my circumstances, that He is either not being wise or not being good to me in some way. How arrogant, and ungrateful! Even in the difficult times, I must remind myself that, “All the days ordained for me were written in [God’s] book before one of them came to be” (Ps. 139:16).

Something I am thankful to God for this month is my new job, which I started just a week and a half ago. This change has drastically altered my schedule and is diverting time away that I previously had for reading and writing. That being said and in light of the season, I thought it would be appropriate to bring Jeremiah Burroughs’ book The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment to your attention, in case you missed it when I first shared it here. I hope you’ll take a moment to acquaint yourself with this blessed work, a book that I intend to reread sometime:

Learning Contentment in a Material World | I’m All Booked.

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