The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 57
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
–Hebrews 13:5 (ESV)
The order of God uses whatever instrument is appropriate for the moment. Let your soul be lifted by faith into a place of contentment, wanting no more and no less than what you have. At all times, bless the divine hand, which knows perfectly well how to meet every need and overcome every obstacle.
–Jean Pierre de Caussade
Contentment is the key to discernment. I have said this already and I will say it several more times as we progress along the path. Contentment is the key to discernment, and it is also the result. In Hebrews 13:5, contentment is the command, and it is rooted in the promise that God is with you. Because God is with you, you can be content; because you can, you must.
What is it you are truly seeking to discern? Is it God’s presence in the here and now, or is it information you can use to advance your agenda? If you seek his presence alone, contentment will be the result. Contentment is a revelation of the sufficiency of God’s presence.
Contentment is elevation. As Jean Pierre de Caussade says, “Let your soul be lifted by faith into a place of contentment.” Faith will lift you there, but you must be confident that his presence is enough.
Here is another idea that we will repeat often: faith in divine providence is faith in divine competence. Do you believe that God is able to use the resources of the moment? Are they enough for him, or will he need to come back when he has more to work with?
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