Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 11, 2015

The Blessing and Sweet Aroma of Contentment

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 33:18-25.

“18 Of Zebulun he said,

“Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going forth,
And, Issachar, in your tents.
19 “They will call peoples to the mountain;
There they will offer righteous sacrifices;
For they will draw out the abundance of the seas,
And the hidden treasures of the sand.”

20 Of Gad he said,

“Blessed is the one who enlarges Gad;
He lies down as a lion,
And tears the arm, also the crown of the head.
21 “Then he provided the first part for himself,
For there the ruler’s portion was reserved;
And he came with the leaders of the people;
He executed the justice of the Lord,
And His ordinances with Israel.”
22 Of Dan he said,

“Dan is a lion’s whelp,
That leaps forth from Bashan.”

23 Of Naphtali he said,

O Naphtali, satisfied with favor,
And full of the blessing of the Lord,
Take possession of the sea and the south.”

24 Of Asher he said,

“More blessed than sons is Asher;
May he be favored by his brothers,
And may he dip his foot in oil.
25 “Your locks will be iron and bronze,
And according to your days, so will your leisurely walk be.”   Deuteronomy 33:18-25.

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In summary, the foregoing highlighted blessings remind me generally of the blessing of contentment.

“He has told you, O man, what is good;  And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?”  Micah 6:8.

“But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.”  1 Timothy 6:6.

God has given us work to do.  Some of it is general. what everyone does, like offering righteous sacrifices (worship) and executing justice in today’s Scripture.  Verses 19 and 21.  Some of it is specific to us, what we were made to do.”

But, even for that specific work, we can do that work with contentment.  We may work hard at times, but in a sense, it is a walk.  “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”   “And according to your days, so will your leisurely walk be.”  Verse 25.

Some people seem to grind it out whether it be things that we all do:  worship or doing what is right (justice) or work.  They have little contentment.  They have little peace and joy.  There is little attractive about them that draws you to them.

On the other hand, there are blessed people who seem to love what they are doing.  They have a smile on their face and cheer in their hearts.  They laugh easy and give encouragement even easier.  They have difficult times, but they get through them.  They count their blessings.  Verse 23.  We are attracted to them.  We want to be around them.

This contentment is a blessing.  There are some people who were created to be more inclined to be naturally content.  They were made with a sunny disposition.

But, this contentment can also be cultivated through Reformed Doctrine.  When we more deeply believe in a sovereign God Who accomplishes all His good pleasure whether it be in us individually or in saving all His elect or in otherwise controlling every detail of history for His purpose, then we become more content.

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.”  2 Corinthians 2:14.

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