Thursday, October 12, 2006

Finishing Off the Lies

Ok, I have not been faithful to those of you who have visited this blog. Since Angel and I are devising a better daily schedule, I hope to get it going again! (Future blog: "Why Setting a Daily Schedule is Hard When You're a Missionary). Anyway, here goes.

Lie #7: I'm content in the Lord, so now He'll send me a husband.

Listen, ladies, contentment in the Lord isn't about getting what we want. Do you remember what Paul wrote about contentment? Paul, a Bible hero to many believers, said:

10But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity.
11Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
12I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.
Philippians 4:10-12 (NASB)
Contentment has to do with our trusting God. I don't know where the idea started that "contentment=I get what I want." Being content simply comes about as a result of trusting Him and living to glorify Him.
I have shared with many women--single and married alike--about the years I spent wondering if I would ever marry. When I truly came to the point where I said, "Lord, I have learned to be content in whatever circumstance I am," God did not give me a husband immediately. In fact, I felt so content in my circumstance (singleness) that I believed that God intended singleness as a way of life for me--forever. Several years later God introduced me to my husband. In God I found contentment. In Him alone I found completion.
Don't believe the lie! You see, if you think, "I have to be content in the Lord to get a husband," you will most likely find yourself less and less content in your current circumstance. Why? Because you will be trying to feign a contentment in the Lord that is not the pure abandonment of self that He desires from you. You will think, "I'm content in Him, but I'm still single; therefore, God reallyl doesn't care about that aspect of my life." IT'S A LIE! I know it can prove difficult at times. I know that the world pushes romance and love stories and candy hearts and chocolate. (By the way, the chocolate's not that bad!) But let yourself find ture contentment in the fact that a loving God does care about every aspect of your life. Let Him bring you to that point where you can agree with Paul's words. Only He can do that!

Lie number 8--"He fits my list, so he must be the one!" That blog comes in a few days. But, before you read it, ladies, please--THROW AWAY THE LIST! :)

See you next time.


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