The Power of a Father’s Contentment
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
Being a father means many things. Being a good father means learning to live for others and helping his kids flourish and find love in that as well.
“Living for yourself is easy, Living for others is one of the hardest thing you can do, but when you make a choice to live for others, and not yourself, something happens.”
Something changes. Living for others is the secret sauce. When you begin to live for others and not yourself, you arrive at moments of happiness. Moments of gratitude, and moments of contentment. Contentment is an absolute and must be sought by every father everywhere wholeheartedly .”
The story is told of a wealthy father that took his son on a trip to the country to show his son how poor people can be.
They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from the trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”
“It was great, Dad.”
“Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked.
“Oh yeah,” said the son.
The Father asked his son a question:
“So what did you learn from the trip?”
The son answered: ” Well I noticed that we have one dog, and they have four.
I also saw that we have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden, and they have a creek that has no end.
We have imported lanterns in our garden, and they have stars at night.
Our patio reaches to the front yard, and they have the whole horizon.
“We have a small piece of land to live on, and they have fields that go beyond sight.
We go to the grocery store for our food, but they grow theirs.
We have walls, and gates around our property to protect us, but they have their friends to protect them.
The young man’s father was a-gasped but held his composure.
The son ended his conversation with dad by stating, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we really are.”
Whereas choice is the greatest weapon for the Believer, contentment is the most powerful proof truth of our spiritual profession.
As Believers it is imperative to walk in the attitude of the absolute sovereignty of God as the authority in our lives.
It is a must to know, understand and teach that:
A. He has made me as the Creator. And by His power, He continues to care for me and to guide all things.
B. I am in the hands of my heavenly Father.
C. My life is not a product of chance, but of His will.
D. He rules over everything. It must be know by your attitude that we belong to the Lord and that He is responsible for us.
Say this with me:
“My God is wise and His counsel and ALL KNOWING. He loves me. He has forgiven my sins through Jesus Christ. He has extended unto me His amazing grace.”
“Therefore I am heir of the kingdom of God. All things are mine.” I Cor. 3:21
The proof that that confession is genuine will be found in a life of contentment. As Fathers we don’t have to run marathons or climb mountains or jump through fire. But a life of contentment, as you live it before your children and before the world and before your friends, is the strongest witness you could ever exhibit. We must choose to resemble Psalm 73:25
“Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.”
Children learn best by seeing. A children’s book worth anything is filled with pictures. We paint pictures for our children and for the world to see! Your reaction to how much you are paid; your reaction to your house and the things in it; your reaction to your looks; how you react to setbacks and disappointments – this is the picture that you paint for your children and before the world.
Contentment seals our confession. Contentment is seen in our life when, at all times, it becomes obvious to others that we believe we are in the hands of God. In a life of contentment we are showing that we believe the power and the grace of God. Contentment, joins forces with Paul in Philippians 4: “I have all and am full.”
It is expressed in the words of Asaph in Psalm 73:25, “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.” I have no more desires on earth if I have Thee. We all remember Psalms 23 “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want”.
I do not lack. The Lord is my portion, saith my spirit ( Ps. 119). It is to be truly happy, to be truly content in belonging to the God who is God. Therefore contentment is the Father and husbandman of all graces. For out of the hard work and choice to of contentment a child of thankfulness and joyfulness and energy and usefulness is born.
Do you possess the grace of Christian contentment, of peace and a satisfaction in your soul? Do you believe that God will meet all your needs and has met your great need in Christ, and that the heavenly Father works all things for your good? Do you believe that? Or do you live a life of discontentment?
Is that simply your confession of mouth, but it is different with respect to your feelings about your house, your car, your job, your pay, your weight, your looks, your children, your clothes, that you have no children, that you are dissatisfied with your wife or husband, that you are dissatisfied with a single life or married life, or with the church or with the Line Pastors or ministers, or with fellow believers or with yourself?
Have you learned to be content in the grace of God? The word contentment becomes peace for the Believer in the Word. If depression may be said to be the life in darkness, contentment is the life in the sunshine of God’s countenance. Contentment makes sense of the Believers life! The word means “to be sufficient, to be enough, to be full.” God Himself is the complete and sufficient One. He is full. Contentment, therefore, involves God. Contentment can be found only when the God of the Bible is our God by His grace.