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Frustrated in Contentment

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Borrowed Truths

Frustrated in Contentment

“And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” (1 Tim. 6:8)

I get frustrated at times, with the world, with people, with myself, I do not know if I could be content with only the clothes on my back and enough food for the day, I do not think any of us could. The question is, are we supposed to, are we simply to sit and wait for that next meal and spend our lives in waiting on the Lord to give more? “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matt. 25:21)

The action of obedience to the Lord out of a love for Him by our own free will garners rewards from the Lord along with more responsibilities, so the answer is no, we pray, we make our supplications to Him, we ask for guidance to do His will, and then in faith we stop waiting and we begin to act. Here is where the frustrations begin and here is where we are to trust and obey.

Reaching out to the lost will bring great frustration into your life, battling against their pride, their unbelief, their self-will, and rebellion against the Lord and thereby against you, for you are the messenger, brings sadness, frustration and even anger, for we know their end if they do not repent.

There is a difference in this respect from the Old Testament to the New that I would like to bring to your attention here, and I will use Moses and Paul to do so. The people of Israel were laid on the shoulders of Moses for many years, when they rebelled against his authority given to him by God the ground opened up and swallowed them whole, snakes were sent, many times when they openly rebelled, God killed them, many died in fact all that left the land of Egypt over a certain age died in the wilderness. Moses understood full well the word frustration.

The Gentiles were laid upon the shoulders of Paul, he was sent to them specifically, but the Almighty did not kill those who disobeyed, instead He allowed Paul to be punished, not only by them, but by his own people. “For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:” (Romans 9:3)

“For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.” (Acts 9:16) Paul knew great frustration as well.

It is called the age of grace for a reason my friends, those you are sent to, those whom you witness to for the glory of God will not suffer if they reject Him in this life, you will. “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:17)

Be content with what you have, work diligently for the Lord Jesus Christ for the glory of God, and prepare yourself to suffer for Him. “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2 Tim. 3:12)

No promises were offered to the Gentiles, there has never been a covenant from God made with them, this age of grace is sufficient for us. This is the path the Almighty has chosen for us; we must make the decision as to whether we will walk upon it or not. Battling our old nature, battling the world and all it offers, resisting the devil, while remaining content, that is what is offered to us. His grace is sufficient, and we are to be content in it.

Do not expect more in heaven if you have not applied yourself here for His glory, do not expect any rewards, do not think you will have treasures waiting for you there, you may indeed be saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, but you remained unprofitable, you did only as you were commanded and nothing more.

Personally, I can see no contentment in that life, and I fear that those that live it know no frustrations either. There is work offered to all, the question is, are you prepared to accept it?

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