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 Contentment - 11/17/10

Godliness with Contentment is Great Gain

November 17, 2010

A very large part of our walk in faith is knowing and trusting that God will indeed provide all of our needs. Our ability to be content is a very powerful enabler in our Christian walk. Paul said I have learned in whatever state I am therewith to be content (Philippians 4:11) and that Godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6).

This morning the Spirit of the LORD took me to 1 Kings 17:8 showed me how contentment enabled Elijah to be used in a mighty way by God. The region was in the middle of a drought that Elijah had proclaimed and the LORD led him to the widow at Zarephath who would sustain him. God miraculously took a handful of meal and a little oil in a cruse and made the barrel of meal not waste (run out) and cruse of oil not fail, allowing them to make bread to feed the widow, her child and Elijah until the years of the drought ended.

In addition, immediately before this in 1 Kings 17:3 God had sent Elijah to wait by the brook Cherith immediately after the drought started. There He provided Elijah with water and fed him by sending ravens with bread and flesh twice a day. In both of these cases (with the ravens bringing flesh and later with the widow making him bread), Elijah endured the three years of drought secure and content with the knowledge that through it all God was providing his needs. He did not murmur or complain or grow tired of Godís provision like the Israelites did when God brought them out of Egypt through the wilderness. For three years he at first ate things that the ravens dropped for him and then bread everyday.

Because he did not disqualify himself by rebelling and complaining as God sustained him during the drought, he was poised and enabled to be used by God in a huge way as he went on in the next chapter (1 Kings 18:19) to have his famous confrontation on Mount Carmel with the prophets of Baal.

This is also very much a matter of trust and control. God designed us and knows all about us, including especially what we need. He has promised to provide all of those needs. But the spirit of the antichrist in the world bombards us with messages and thoughts that Godís provision is not enough, or I need more than what God provides (in essence I need more than God). The world system shouts this at us everyday.

But there is truly great power in our ability to be content. When we are in that place, we begin to realize and see what it truly means to be rich in Godís kingdom.

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