Contentment is a choice

Even in the midst of cancer, contentment is a choice.

Especially in the midst of cancer, contentment is a choice.

But the Lord said to me (Paul), “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (ESV)

In my mind, beyond Christ Jesus, no one had a greater reason to be discontent than Paul …

Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one.  Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea;  on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers;  in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.  And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.  2 Corinthians 11:24-28 (ESV)

And yet Paul confesses …

I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  Philippians 4:11 (ESV)

And teaches young pastor Timothy …

Now there is great gain in godliness with contentmentfor we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.  1 Timothy 6:6-7 (ESV)

The author of Hebrews gives believers reason for contentment …

Be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:5 (ESV)

Contentment is not found in circumstances … contentment is found IN Christ Jesus.

Consider the fate and the motivations of the malcontent … a person who is discontent, especially to the authority of God IN Christ Jesus …

It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”  These are grumblers, MALCONTENTS, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.  Jude 1:14-16 (ESV)

Considering that last passage about malcontents …

Choose Christ Jesus … then choose the contentment that is only found IN Him!

Thank you Lord for your God-given contentment!

Bernie

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About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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2 Responses to Contentment is a choice

  1. Interesting that you should post about contentment today. I’m facing yet another personal trial and contentment has presented itself several times.

    • bwebbjr says:

      Only God can take credit for His incredible timing … but is find great encouragement in being used by Him in the midst of that timing – thanks for letting me know. (BTW … the Lord awakened me with a burden to write this a scant 75 minutes ago … considering …)

      And in the midst of your personal trial, may Christ fill you with the contentment only found in Him – praying for you!

      Bernie

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