Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Contentment

"Contentment, then, is the product of a heart resting in God. It is the soul's enjoyment of that peace that passes understanding. It is the outcome of my will being brought into subjection to the Divine will. It is the blessed assurance that God does all things well, and is, even now, making all things work together for my ultimate good." - Arthur Pink

I found this quote in "Holding Hands, Holding Hearts: Recovering a Biblical View of Christian Dating" by Richard and Sharon Phillips. I finished this book last night and highly recommend it! For me, a single Christian girl, this couple provided great insight on dating, marriage, and singleness. I especially appreciated their assertion
that singleness is a trial for those who long to be married. This doesn't mean that being single is bad or unfruitful. But we shouldn't try and force ourselves to think of it as a gift if we really long to be married. Rather than pine away in longing, as those claimed by Christ, we have assurance that singleness, just like every other trial, is something that God is using to bring us closer to Him, working this trial for our ultimate good.

The part in the quote about bringing my will under subjection of God's will always gets me. Because part of me is afraid that I won't get what I want. That my will is better for me than God's will is. But that's a rebellious sinner talking.
So far in my life, God has worked all things for my good, even the hard things. Often when I don't get what I want, God has something even better in store, like this apartment. Also, I could never have dreamed of how this summer is looking and how it has been so far. It is better than I could have asked. And the even more comforting thing is that God won't give us trials that won't ultimately benefit us. 1 John 1:5 says that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

So in that, I can be content. It's much easier said than done. As I've said before, various idols scream for attention, insisting that they will satisfy, that our lives will be perfect. We're never satisfied. But with God, He refines us with the hope of eternal glory and the assurance that He works all things for our good.

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