“My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.
But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.”
( Psalm 131:1-2 )
We can easily get caught-up in the patterns of the world. Pursuing huge ambitions; building up a pride centered on our achievements; trying to manhandle things on our own that exceed our understanding… all of these stir up within us a storm of dissatisfaction in the heart and soul regarding our own lives.
As children of God, we are to be introspective, recognizing the condition of our entire being. Most of the time, we can see clearly just how calm or stormy the sea of our life is.
When we are stormy with dissatisfaction, we can do what the psalmist wrote. He calmed himself, he quieted himself, he decided to become content.
It is our decision, and it is then Christ Who provides the power to do so. The Apostle Paul also wrote about his own secret to contentment:
“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation… I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”
( Philippians 4:12-13 )
Yes, Jesus can calm any storm of life without our “help,” but… He wants us to learn (like the Psalmist and Paul) how to calm the storms of discontentment raging within us by using HIS power, HIS authority, and HIS word.