READ: Matthew 6:1-18
- The phrase used consistently throughout this passage is, “your Father who sees in secret.” The real question that is raised by this text (leading even into the rest of the Sermon on the Mount) is whether or not we are content with God knowing. Is that enough for us? Or do we need to have others know also? And that’s not an easy question. The need for public affirmation is palpable. We sometimes feel desperate to know that someone knows.
- Before a person can cultivate a spirit of contentment, like that of Paul’s, “In whatever state I’m in, I’ve learned to be content,” there must be a level of satisfaction with God alone being the one who knows. If we can’t cultivate that quality, we will always find it tempting to seek attention from others or think that we have to be in control. Or, we might be tempted to think that if things aren’t as we perceive they need to be, then something is wrong.
- Contentment is a condition whereby we trust that God has things in control. Contentment is a quality that can allow God to determine the outcome of our various life situations. Contentment is a reflection of the level of trust we can express. No trust; no contentment. So, before we can really pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” we have to trust that God can and will take care of us…today…and every today after that.
- How would you rate your level of trust in God’s care?
- Why is trust such a critical component of contentment?
- In what ways does your lifestyle indicate that you are praying, “Give us this day…”?
PRAY: Make “Give us this day…” your prayer today. Ask God to help you be content with Him and not merely with what He supplies. Commit to cultivating a greater level of contentment.