God Make Me Content
Each of us are created in the image and likeness of God. This very creation gives us significant purpose in the world, in our lives, in the lives of others, and in history itself. We are given everything we could possibly want, long for and hope in life, and yet, there is always a push to want more. We go beyond listening to God's will, and seek our own. We seek advice from those around us, but don't take time for quiet and peace to ask God for guidance. It gets busy, there's no doubt about that fact, but we need to remember that our hope for any possibility, for any purpose comes from God being at the centre, found best through being in relationship with Him in prayer, through the Eucharist, and through practice of good works. How do you find satisfaction if not through the one who creates and gives you purpose, and life itself?
Today's Gospel states:'So they said to him, "Then what sign do you do, that we may see, and believe you? What work do you perform? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, `He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world." They said to him, "Lord, give us this bread always." Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst' (John 6:30-35).
Today's Gospel talks about how Jesus tells the disciples that everything of importance comes from God, and gives us life. We can only truly feel satisfied, like we have fulfilled our life's mission, and goals through putting God at the centre of everything we do, and acknowledging we have purpose, as well as every living thing and person on the earth. Take some time to ask God to help you work on areas where you need to find satisfaction. Ask God to fill your cup, and make you whole.
Today's prayer comes from 'bible study tools' a prayer for feeling contentment:
Oh Lord, You are my shepherd and I should not be in want, but so often I struggle to be content and do want; forgetting that you have graciously provided me with every spiritual blessing in Christ and everything I need for life and godliness.
Thank you for often not giving me what I want because my desires would draw my heart from being satisfied in You. Help me to be content in You with what You have given me and to not be focused on what my flesh wants or the world tells me I should have.
Protect me from coveting possessions or people, talent or influence, relationships or prestige. Keep my heart from being anxious for what I don’t have and make me thankful for the numerous gifts that You have already given.
According to Your Word and steadfast love, fill me with the joy and satisfaction of contentment in Christ. Help me learn to be content in any situation like Paul and to quickly reject the idolatry that dwells beneath the surface of my coveting.
I ask you to continually bring to mind your faithful provision for all of my needs, that Christ died for the sin of coveting, that in Christ I am free to be content and live righteously, and that godliness with contentment is greater gain than pleasing my flesh.
And may I be humbled and changed by the ultimate example of contentment; of Christ becoming poor in order that I could become rich, and being content to go to the cross to fulfill the Father’s will to rescue a people for Himself who can be free from discontent and zealous for good works. Amen.