Written by: Shani Ratliff
“No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others. Show me the path where I should walk, O Lord; point out the right road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves. All day long I put my hope in you.” Psalm 25:3-5
This month we are sharing about contentment. Yikes! My struggles are many and lack of contentment is probably at the top of the list! So, I began by looking it up. (Ok, truthfully I googled it.)
According to Merriam-Webster contentment is, “freedom from worry or restlessness; peaceful satisfaction; the state of being happy and satisfied”.
Some of my darkest seasons, which have led to deep sadness and depression, have been fueled by a restlessness that overshadowed everyday life. In the restlessness, I struggled with trying to be happy at times when things did not look the way that I hoped or wanted them to, causing me to fall into a state of despair because I did not know how to change things or even change myself.
I was continually praying for wisdom and guidance, and this year God has answered my prayer immensely. God has shown me that He is always moving and speaking to me…to us. And He’s shown me the pathway to contentment is paved on trust and faith.
In my moments of struggle with discontentment, I have to pause and let go. I have to stop struggling and battling with myself.
Letting go is different from giving up. It is more like relinquishing the controls and allowing God to lead.
This is awesome because God knows us better than we know ourselves. He is never lost and He makes no mistakes. And absolutely best of all, He is so patient.
I have learned that by letting go and trusting God with the big things, I am able to refocus. The circumstances may not have changed, but my focus has shifted from trying to control the problem to trusting God and His promises and truth.
God’s Word is full of promises. Many of them are fulfilled when we tuck ourselves away in His presence and stay in relationship with Him. Our connection with God and closeness to Him creates a direct path to contentment.
Psalm 25:3-5 has been such an encouragement to me this week. I love how David specifically asks God to show him the path where he should walk.
Just like David, we can acknowledge that God, the One who created us, holds the key to our path. He is always speaking and always moving. Through our trust in Him, we can find true contentment which can stand up to the storms and seasons of life.