Unholy Discontent

I wish we had a better house. I wish I had more friends…

Psalm 131:1-3

Reference: “But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.” Psalm‬ ‭131:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: Bill Hybels speaks of Holy Discontent. That dissatisfaction we see in the world which inspires us to do more and change our current situation to be more like the Kingdom of God.

I find, however, that I have a great deal of unholy discontent in my life.

I wish I looked better. I wish we earned more money. I wish we had a better house. I wish I had more friends…

These are all things that make me dissatisfied with my current situation but the change would be to benefit me, rather than the greater good.

Application: In Psalm 131 it speaks of the writer being content with their life because of the hope they have in their Lord. I would love to say I am faithful enough to feel the same, but my faith often comes up short in this regard.

After reading Psalm 131, however, I have been encouraged to feel more secure in myself due to my trust in God. Moving forward I hope to deepen my faith rather than fulfil my own selfish needs.

Prayer: Lord, it’s easy to compare my life to someone else’s and come up feeling I’m missing out. May I never doubt the most precious gift I already have, in having a relationship with you. Amen.

Is there something in your life that brings you discontent?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.