Has there ever been a time in your life that you realized you just weren’t completely happy? Maybe your finances aren’t where you would like them to be, you’re tired of your job, disgruntled with a loved one, or just in a space where you want more out of life than what you have now.
We’ve all had moments in our lives when those feelings start to arise. If you aren’t careful, you will soon find yourself drifting further and further down that hole of discontentment, and will end up making decisions that could be costly to your life in Christ.
As Christians, it’s important to keep close to God so that whenever feelings of discontentment try to sneak in, we can take refuge in God. We have so much to be grateful for and should never allow ourselves to allow those negative and selfish feelings consume us. When you’re not content in God’s will for your life, you can’t please God.
Sometimes the season that God has you in right now may be difficult to endure, but trust His process and know that He is with you every step of the way, hasn’t left you, and will take care of you as long as you do what He has called you to do.
Being in God’s will requires sacrifice and consistency. Being dissatisfied with what God has for you right now will only lead you out of God’s presence, and furthermore:
1. You won’t serve God with gladness.
The Word of God tells us in Psalm 100:2 to “Serve the Lord with gladness.” When you become discontent, you aren’t happy! You can try to convince yourself that you are, but really examine yourself and be honest. Are you as excited about going to church as you used to be? Do you look forward to spending time with God? Do you look for opportunities to get closer to God? This is what it means to serve the Lord with gladness.
But when you’re discontent, you go through the motions. You begin to only do things because they’re required and not because you have the true desire in your heart. God deserves the best, and isn’t pleased when we give Him anything less.
2. You will compare yourself to others.
If you’re discontent, you’ve more than likely compared your life to someone else’s at some point along the way. You’ve started peeping in another person’s window and when you look back at your own life, you feel inadequate. You used to be thankful for all that God had given and done for you, but now, it’s just not enough.
Comparing to others is one of the worst things you can do, and is the basis of not only discontentment, but also envy, jealousy, strife, resentment, and more. With all of that negativity brewing inside of you, pleasing God becomes less and less important and soon, it’s all about you.
3. Ultimately, you will get out of God’s will.
God’s will is the only sure and safe place in this world. Nothing can compare to the security that being in the hands of God brings. It’s better than any amount of money or success than you can achieve on your own.
I’m not exempt- I, too, have struggled with staying in God’s will for my life because of becoming discontent. There were times when I felt like God wasn’t moving fast enough and that I should’ve been further. I wanted the next phase of my life to begin and was eager to “make moves.”
But through praying and spending time with God, I learned that I need to trust Him and His timing. Sometimes we think we know it all and that our plans are best, but God has a way of proving us wrong every time.
So this year, I encourage you to check yourself. If there is any area of your life where you see discontentment trying to creep in, get rid of it. Don’t make any decision without God.
If you’ve gotten out of God’s will, it’s not too late to repent and get back to your place of safety.
“If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.” Proverbs 3:5-6, The Living Bible