JESUS WAS CONTENT
By Rob Britton
“Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34 What are you worried about — finding the right job, the doctor’s diagnosis, always being alone? We are all naturally good at worrying, so is it any wonder that we lack true peace and contentment? Jesus was content; he never worried about getting through a day with enough food or shelter. He trusted His Father to provide all that He needed. In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, He tells His followers not to be anxious about the needs in their lives. Birds don’t worry about food, He said, and flowers don’t worry about what they wear. God knows our needs and provides for each of them. Jesus promises, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33. We must learn to be content with whatever He has given us. We must seek Him first each day and trust that He will give us everything we need. Then we have no need for anxiety or worry and we can be truly content.
When you’re feeling worried, write down a list of the things you really need. Then, write out ways that God has provided for your needs.
- Need – Shelter
- Provided – God has given me a home to live in.
- Response – Thank You, God, for providing our home to live in.
Write down your top five sources of anxiety. Then, examine what God has done to provide for your needs. Be specific. Can you be content with what God has given you and be grateful for how He has met your needs?
Make two jars – one complaint jar and one contentment jar. Every time you complain about not having something you want this week, write it down and put it in the complaint jar. Every time you see something God has provided for you this week, write it down and put it in the contentment jar. Which jar will be the fullest at the end of the week?
Thank You, Lord, for providing everything I need every day. I know I can trust You, and I don’t have to worry. Forgive me for focusing on what I don’t have instead of thanking You for how You’ve given me all that I need.