The dictionary defines contentment as a state of happiness and satisfaction. I personally believe that while contentment and satisfaction may be similar, I find them to be different.
Being happy and satisfied means that all is fine and life is good. The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:11-12 “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
When there is contentment in whatever it means that no matter what I have or don’t have in this life, I am satisfied. Well then am I? There is so much more of God than I have encountered. Today, I am thankful for every step of my journey where I have encountered Him in very significant ways whether I needed something from Him, or just found myself lost in His presence. I am especially thankful for every time I have had His loving assurance that I am never alone. But I am not satisfied with my encounters of the past even though they have been anchors to hold me tight in faith. I still want more.
Perhaps this life continues to allow glimpse of His Glory revealing that there is so much more to this awesome God who loves us so much. Some who have gone before us encountered God’s ways that I have not. But I wait with anticipation for more encounters that will bring His Kingdom into my realm and perfect me for His Glory to be revealed. I am thankful that God always takes me as He finds me and as He does, I find more of Him to behold.
Such Love! His Love that never ends, never stops short of my need for Him. It is only when I let Him have more of me that I get more of Him. So perhaps the difference between satisfaction and contentment is how we see God’s purposes in this life to lead us into our destiny and our life with Him for eternity. When I get a glimpse of Him, it causes me to want more and I am not satisfied, but there is a contentment that brings peace. When I seek Him, I will find Him because He is waiting to be found. Perhaps that is the secret that Paul found that let him be content.
~~~~From my to yours~~~~Andrea