Have Contentment? No Fear

August 27, 2014 

Contentment---I’ve thought about it lately, almost as often as I turn on the water spigot. (If you read my last post Contentment: It's Not for the Timid, you know why.) 

Ever notice that you can’t be content in the presence of fear? 

When I turn on water, I thank God for His provisions. 

But when I turn off the water, I wonder if the water will last. 

Am I fearful to use what God had given, lest He say, "You’ve had enough, no more.”? What kind of a God do I serve? 

What if the water did stop? Does that mean God is less God? Does He love me less? 

My contentment lasted as long as my trust. Could I trust Him to care for me when the water stopped? 

He hadn’t changed. Only the amount of water changed. 

When I focused on water, I feared. When I focused on the Water Giver, I thanked. 

Sound familiar? 

In Matthew 14:22-31 Peter walks on water to Christ. Am I any different? 

Peter had too much water. I had too little. 

Peter said, “Lord, if it’s you, command me to come to you.” 
I say, “Lord, if you’re able, give me water.” 

The Lord told Peter, “Come.” 
He tells me, “Drink.” 

Peter sees the wind and sinks. “Lord, save me.” 
I see no rain in sight. “Lord, give rain.” 

The Lord’s response to Peter, “You, of little faith. Why do you doubt?” 
The Lord tells me the same, “Why do you fear?” 

Doubt, fear--strong words for someone who should know the Saviour. 

God desires to give me the abiding peace of His presence. Not just when I have water, but when I do not. 

The difference? 

It’s not the amount of water. It’s my trust in Him. 

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God." 

What happens then? 

"The peace of God which surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  (Philippians 4:6-7) 

He protects and guards my heart so His peace stays. 

Have fear? Not a chance, I see God. 

"Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!" (II Thessalonians 3:16) 

Share where you struggle with contentment or with fear.

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