By Clancy P. Hayes
Today's Scripture: Psalm 23:1–6
Central Thought: True contentment can only be found in God.
Contentment is tough in a culture that is sustained through its ability to make people feel discontent. Look at any Sunday newspaper in America, and you will find page after page of advertisements designed to make you desire something you don't have and probably don't need. Companies aren't content to fill your house with their gadgets; they want to convince you that you won't be satisfied until you get the newest and fastest model. Those who live simple lives are viewed as out of touch.
A secret to contentment is to be satisfied with what God provides for you. This doesn't mean that you can't work and purchase items that you need to survive in your culture. It does mean that when you lust for what someone else has or believe that you can't live without something you see in the ads, you have a problem. God promises to provide what you really need: 'The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1, NIV). Sometimes He even gives you some of your wants as well.
Try not to tempt yourself. Set aside the newspaper advertisements and turn off the television during commercials. Instead, thank God for what He has already provided, and take time to enjoy His blessings.
Devotional Prayer: Thank you, God, for Your blessings in my life. Help me to be satisfied with what You have given to me.
Today's Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles 26:1–28:27; Romans 13:1–14; Psalm 23:1–6; Proverbs 20:11