Women’s Devotion | August 2019
The Power of God’s Contentment
Contentedness: content, satisfaction, fulfillment, pleasure, cheerfulness,
gladness, gratification, ease, comfort, serenity, restfulness, and tranquility
A relationship with God brings contentment. It comes from being fully convinced that God is God, you belong to Him, He loves you fiercely, and He is always with you wherever you go. Contentment is also a state of happiness and satisfaction. Whoever is happy, will make others happy, too (Mark Twain).
Contentment is not determined by the ideal geographical location. The apostle Paul wrote from a damp Roman dungeon, “I have learned in whatever state I am therewith to be content” (Philippians 4:11). So, contentment is a learned process; a mental assertion or decision that God is with you despite your present place or station in life.
Contentment is peace of mind. Phil 4:11-13 says, “I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength (NLT).
As a pastor’s wife, ministry required us to move several times. Moving and transitioning is certainly one of the number one stresses of life. It involves moving to new churches, changing locations, putting our children in new schools, and leaving friends behind. We must remember that there is nothing we face that is too difficult, too troubling, or too fearful for God. We must turn our anxiety over to God and let His perfect peace guard our heart. We must never forget that our “steps are ordered by the Lord.”
On the journey of life there are always forks in the road where a decision must be made, but change should never destroy one’s contentment. The happiest people are the ones that make the best of everything they have and make the best of every situation.
I have been a pastor’s wife for fifty years. We have pastored ten different churches in three states. During each of these pastorates, I learned to be content. It didn’t matter if the parsonage was big or small, pretty or not so much; I was able to find contentment with what I had and where I lived. I enjoyed every church family and every place we relocated. I learned to bloom where I was planted. Home can be anywhere you make it. We should learn to accept what God allows and change what He empowers us to change, which is usually our attitudes.
Contentment could be a state of having accepted one’s situation which is ultimately a mild or tentative form of happiness. Contentment is also the absence of worry and frustration that steals our peace and joy. In times when life seems to be coming apart, it’s always good to look at God’s faithfulness in the past. Life is too short to be lived without experiencing the contentment found only in Christ. I know what it is to cry and to rejoice, but through it all, I’ve learned to seek contentment.
Contentment should never be based on our place of ministry, the financial package, the size of the parsonage or the size of the congregation. It is about our relationship with God, our family, the people we serve and the ability to bloom where we’re planted. As I walk with Him, the pleasures are never ending, and I know true joy and contentment.
Dear Lord, help us to always place our faith in you. Even when things are not what we desire. Help us to be content, even when we’re feeling frustrated. Help us to always remember when we look back over the years in ministry, and to celebrate the joy and peace that the world could not give. Lord, I thank you for the contentment that is have found in living a Godly life. “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26)
Peggy Smith has been in ministry with her husband, Hulet Smith, Sr. for fifty years. They are lead pastors at Crossroads Church of God in Jesup where they have served for 16 years. They have been married for fifty years and have three sons: Hulet Jr., Peter, and Tommy Smith. They are blessed with nine grandchildren. Peggy has been an educator for thirty years and a Mary Kay consultant for twenty-five years. She is a graduate of Brewton Parker College. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, walking, and shopping.