I’m praying you will experience a holy discontentment. I’m not praying that you would experience general discontentment. There’s enough of that already. Dissatisfaction and unhappiness is a way of life as we struggle daily with people and circumstances. In fact, I want you to experience a crisis of faith, an awareness that you are at a crossroads of life. At that crossroads, I pray that you will have a revelation, realizing your utter dissatisfaction with the world’s meager offerings and your desperate need of God’s presence in your life.
King Solomon had everything the world had to offer and which every worldly person seeks for today: wealth, power and fame. Solomon ruled Israel for forty years and each year he received twenty-five tons of gold plus other revenue from merchants and kings. He lived lavishly, drinking from vessels of pure gold – silver was apparently too cheap for his tastes. His harem included 700 wives and 300 concubines. He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen. People the world over sought him out because of the wisdom God had placed in his heart. Even the Queen of Sheba paid Solomon a visit to test his famed wisdom.
With all of this Solomon was not a contented man. His wives led him into idolatry and his kingdom was stripped away after his death. Before he died, Solomon evaluated his life and he came to the conclusion that all he had sought after, all the wealth he had amassed, all the status he had attained was futile, pointless, and useless. (Ecclesiastes 1.2)
Paul wrote in 2 Timothy that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3.16). The story of Solomon is an extreme example of the extremes we humans can be led to if the world is our heart’s goal.
But I’m praying for you that you would experience a holy discontentment. A holy discontentment would involve a general dissatisfaction with the world and a holy yearning for God.
Jesus promised blessings on those experiencing a holy discontentment: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5.6).
There is a God-shaped void in each of us. It’s a yawning cavern in each of our hearts that only God can fill. Solomon couldn’t fill it with opulence and carnality. Neither can we.
Take stock of your life. Are you really satisfied? Do you recognize that something is terribly missing? Do you see that your present course will lead to another dead-end? That course has always led to a dead end, hasn’t it?
As Albert Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Isn’t it time to change … to take another course? It takes courage, a God-given boldness, to step out of your comfort zone into the unknown, untested, unpredictable hand of God. But that’s where you belong and you already know it! It may seem unknown, untested and unpredictable to you at first, but realize you’re taking the focus of your heart and life off of a sin-sick, self-absorbed world and, instead, giving your whole heart to your Heavenly Father.
I’m praying for your holy discontentment. I pray that you agree with the psalmist, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God” (Psalm 42.1).
Jesus promises, “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4.14).