1 Easy Step to Contentment

Content…doesn’t that sound like a cozy blanket kind of word?  The kind of feeling you want to wrap around you, while holding a steamy mug of hot chocolate and taking deep satisfying breaths.  It’s the way I want to feel in the midst of my worries.  It’s the way I want to feel with my life.  Content.

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But it can be an illusive feeling.  More often than not, I am dissatisfied with life and I feel the bitter chill of anxiety and doubt.  I am usually far from content and struggle to know how to exist peacefully.  Until this morning.

I read Proverbs 19:23 for my devotion

The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

Right there it is – the secret to contentment in 1 easy step.

Fear the LORD

What does it mean to fear the LORD?  I think God knew this would be a challenging concept to understand, so he inspired Proverbs 2:1 -5

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,THEN you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

To recap, here’s what we can do to understand the fear of the LORD

  1. Accept the words of Solomon…who was actually inspired by God…so in essence, accept the words of God
  2. Store up Solomon’s commands…which were actually God’s commands…so in essence, store up God’s commands
  3. Turn our ears to wisdom
  4. Apply our hearts to understanding
  5. Call out in prayer for insight
  6. Cry aloud in prayer for understanding
  7. Look for it, search for it as you would something precious

Where do we look to understand the fear of the LORD?  We look to His Word, where He’s revealed Himself to us!  Fear of the LORD begins by knowing the God of the bible.  Not only will we understand the fear of the LORD, but we find the knowledge of God.  It’s the same desire that Paul expresses in Philippians 3:10

I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection…

When we seek God in His Word, we find Him.  And we experience the fear of the LORD…which leads to contentment.

Yet in my life fear doesn’t lead to contentment.  It leads to worry and anxiety.  Solomon is talking about a different kind of fear than I’ve experienced.  He is not talking about being terrified of God and what He might do.

Instead, he’s talking about the loving reverence a child feels for a parent.  Big Sister revers her daddy because he is in charge; and she loves him because he loves her.  The same is true with God.  We honor God because He is sovereign, and we love him because He first loved us.

It’s also similar to when Big Sister doesn’t want daddy to leave for work because he is a source of comfort and strength and love.

The same is true of God.  He is our source of comfort, strength, and love.  Proverbs 18:10 says

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

And Proverbs 14:26 – 27 reminds us that

He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.  The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.

Why does contentment come from fearing the LORD?  Because we rest safe in the arms of a strong, loving God.  Troubles still come our way.  And worries still assail.  But this is to be expected.  If we look again at Proverbs 19:23 it doesn’t say we won’t experience troubles.

The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

Trouble is still present here.  The difference is trouble does not devastate and destroy one who fears the LORD.

Are you searching for contentment?  Take a couple deep breaths, grab some hot chocolate, and snuggle up with God’s word.  Discover God who gives true peace in the midst of trouble and worry.

How do you define the fear of the LORD? 

Happily linked with:
Raising Arrows
The Time Warp Wife
Raising Homemakers
A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

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