My summary for Week 3 in The Virtue of Contentment comes down to this…
I posted the song above in WEEK 3. (Selah’s version) I find great peace just listening to these lyrics!
KNOWING that the Lord provides, comes from EXPERIENCING His provision. We can easily miss His loving hand in our life when we are placing our hope in everything BUT Him.
We can get through a whole day, without giving our Father a thought…even when we know that everything we are and everything we have is HIS.
We will only recognize His provision in our PURSUIT of God Himself.
Pursing godliness is not the same thing.
It’s not the same as sitting on our Daddy’s lap.
As we SEEK the LORD DAILY, our understanding of His Character, His Sovereignty, His Faithfulness, His Power, His Forgiveness, His Mercy, and His love becomes PERSONAL.
When we open the door, our God is there with a gift.
He’s waiting for us to let Him in, and He ALWAYS has good things for us!
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” -Matthew 7:11
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” -James 1:17
As we experience His provision, our expectation will grow…
When they (all our expectations) are placed on the Lord, they will be fulfilled.
There is FREEDOM in this.
Freedom from anxiety, from pursuing perfection, from “wrong thinking” or “unrighteousness emotion,” from bitterness & resentment, from pride… & freedom from hopelessness.
As the Lord FREES you from these chains, you will find a NEW SONG in your HEART. You will long to SING His praise…
for He is a good and loving Father…and you know this because you have spent time with Him. You know His voice. You have first hand experience with His character.
“Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!” Psalm 96:1
Seek God First…and Jesus takes care of the rest.
These are my biggest “take-aways” from Week 3:)
How ’bout you?