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“Content?"
What would it take to make you content?  It’s a question that confronts us on a daily basis, whether we ask it verbally or not.  We are always seeking those things, those relationships, that feeling of contentment in our lives, and when it eludes us we tend to complain.
God has offered us one powerful message about contentment.  He says, “My grace is sufficient for thee.” (2 Cor. 12:9)  So, why are we so discontent if His grace is sufficient?
Why do we treasure things over God’s grace?  Why do we complain when there is a delay to our prayer requests?  Why are we so despondent when the answer we do get is sometimes, “No!”?
If you have the assurance of eternal life, but you have to live with cancer for the rest of your days, is God’s grace sufficient?  Can you be content knowing that Jesus has prepared a place for you, even though you did not get that promotion?  When the fears of a pandemic overshadow you, can you still rejoice that God’s grace is still extended to you?
Max Lucado tells the story of a time when his daughter, at the time 2 years of age, fell into a swimming pool.  Fortunately, a neighbor was nearby and jumped in, rescuing the little girl.  The next day Max rejoiced during his morning time with God, praising God for the blessing of a rescued daughter.  Max extoled his wonderful God who had demonstrated His great love and power.
As soon as he prayed those words it was as if God Himself spoke to him asking, “Max, My dear child, thank you for your praise, but what if I had not guided the rescue of your daughter?  Would you still call me ‘wonderful’?  Would you still offer me praise?  You have received My grace, My promise of an eternal home… shouldn’t that be sufficient… shouldn’t that bring you contentment?  Why do you only praise Me when life is going in the direction you want it to go?
Test yourself with this question, “What if God’s only gift to you were His grace, would you still praise Him?” If you can read this article, then God has given you more than grace.  If you can hold this newsletter, you have received more than grace.  If you have a home to which this mailing has been sent, you have been blessed beyond measure.
You have received His grace (and more)… BE CONTENT!

“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”      Philippians 4:11 (KJV)

 

 

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