Being Content At Christmas

It’s the Christmas season…a beautiful season of the year…but a very materialistic season of the year as well. Lots and lots of money is spent during Christmas.

TV advertisements can make us think if we really love someone we will buy them a diamond ring or an electronic gadget or maybe a cruise. There is nothing wrong with any of those things….if we can afford them.

But, it shouldn’t take a major purchase to make us happy. Proverbs 30:7-9 says, “Two things I’ve asked of you, do not refuse me before I die; Keep deception and lies far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion…”

“…Feed me with the food that is my portion…” That verse talks about contentment… The writer had said, “…give me neither poverty nor riches…”. Then he adds, “Just give me my portion…”. That means contentment.

It’s hard to be content in a materialistic world, isn’t it? It’s hard to feel satisfied when the world is always telling us more is the answer.

Maybe money is tight for you this Christmas and you are struggling with it. You simply don’t have the money to spend on Christmas that you’ve had in the past. I understand your dilemma but we have to remind ourselves that Christmas is NOT about the stuff…the gifts…jewelry…etc….It’s about the birth of Jesus. Ask the Lord to help you remain focused on that.

Our goal should be for daily provision. As the writer said, “Feed me with the food that is my portion…” Or, as Jesus said, “Gove is this day our daily bread…”

The apostle Paul said, “…I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am…” (Phil. 4:19).

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