I remember reading a magazine interview with a popular Christian author who characterized contentment as something of a radical concept for today’s world. While I remember nothing else of the article, that idea has rung in my mind ever since. I mean, isn’t it crazy that contentment would be considered as radical? Yet when I look around–and within–I see little contentment. Instead, I see that most of us are consumed with the ideas of more, more and me, me. More house, more money. What makes me happy, whatever I want. Our happiness is hinged on that next best thing: “if only…”
So you can imagine how a devotional like Lydia Brownback’s Contentment: A Godly Woman’s Adornment totally gets in your business. This devotional book reveals our pervasive dissatisfaction and points to Christ as the only source of true fulfillment. As I have reached for this devotional each morning in my time with the Lord, I have learned that true contentment has little or nothing to do with “making do” with my stuff and everything to do with faith in a good and sovereign God. My discontent grows as I consider other things more satisfying than my Lord Jesus. Speaking of the “if only’s” of our discontent, Brownback writes:
We can live for something other than what we have or want; we can live for God. When we pour our desires away from ourselves and into God and his purposes instead, we find a deep satisfaction that nothing else can give us. Ironically, we will also find that our clamor for the next thing has somehow disappeared.
This is an “on the go” devotional meaning the chapters are easily and quickly read. Though short, each chapter is rich with a clear and unwavering instruction in the pursuit of biblical contentment. I highly recommend the On-the-Go devotional, Contentment: A Godly Woman’s Adornment.
Wife and mother, Bible teacher and blogger, Lisa loves Jesus, coffee, dark chocolate and, of course, books. Read more of her reflections at Lisa writes….