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::Devotional:: ‘Weaning To Contentment’

August 12, 2010

Have you ever bit off more than you can chew?  Literally and figuratively speaking?  Sometimes I find that it’s actually easier to commit to more than it is to be content with what you are already doing.  I’ve found in my own life that commitments can easily lead to pride while contentment has a way of maintaining humility, and humility is definitely something we want to maintain.

The psalmist wrote:

My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. Psalm 131:1

Look again at that passage.  Being concerned with great matters or things too wonderful for ourselves is how the psalmist describes a heart that is proud and eyes that are haughty.  This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t strive for goals but rather we shouldn’t be so consumed with things beyond our reach that we are not content with where we are and what we have.

The psalmist continues:

But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.  Psalm 131:2

Weaning a child off anything isn’t easy.  I’m certainly not looking forward to those days I have ahead with Maverick, but nevertheless it’s something that has to be done.  Who wants to see a 10-year old walking around drinking milk from a bottle just because his parents refused to wean him from it?  The psalmist is describing the process of focusing less on the great matters and things too wonderful as like the weaning of a child with its mother.  There will be struggles, there will be crying (maybe even with real tears), and for a season it will be difficult.  But, in the end the child is weaned.

Our hope lies in the Lord and through the power of the Holy Spirit we can be weaned from the prideful things in life and begin to be content with all that the Lord has provided for us.  We can still and quiet ourselves in humility before the Lord; therein we will find rest.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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