“Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble. The Lord protects them and keeps them alive. He gives them prosperity in the land and rescues them from their enemies. The Lord nurses them when they are sick and restores them to health. “O Lord,” I prayed, “have mercy on me. Heal me, for I have sinned against you.” But my enemies say nothing but evil about me. “How soon will he die and be forgotten?” they ask. They visit me as if they were my friends, but all the while they gather gossip, and when they leave, they spread it everywhere. All who hate me whisper about me, imagining the worst. “He has some fatal disease,” they say. “He will never get out of that bed!” Even my best friend, the one I trusted completely, the one who shared my food, has turned against me. Lord, have mercy on me. Make me well again, so I can pay them back! I know you are pleased with me, for you have not let my enemies triumph over me. You have preserved my life because I am innocent; you have brought me into your presence forever. Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and amen!” Psalms 41:1-13 NLT
I have a problem with being content. I could sit here and list all the reasons why I validly could explain my reasoning for not being content. But honestly I don’t know how to be content yet. I work at it and in this passage it is clear we’re called to be content. We have no reason to worry we can rely on God. He doesn’t give us anything beyond what we can bare or he gives us a way out. He is consistent and worthy of trust. What more do I want? What more does my soul think it needs? Does Christ dying on the cross and giving up his life really not convince me? What I take from this passage is I need to take time being thankful and being more thoughtful about my thought process, emotions, actions, and words. God crafted this world, his actions, words, thoughts, and emotions intentionally. We can either glean from it and grow each day or reject it and run. I think everyday waking up making that choice to choose to accept it or reject it is important as we are dynamic and growing creatures. We don’t need to be trapped in one static place. Choose what you believe in and then work to show that. With God in particular we have sin and working against us.
This post first appeared on my personal website.