Dale and I were gone this past weekend to speak at a marriage event in Ohio. When we returned, we noticed some spots on our recently renovated hardwood floors. We called and had the guy who stained our floors to come by and tell us what the spots were. He shared with us that they were oily hands that had touched the hardwoods prior to the sealant that were bubbling up.
I wonder how many of us, though letting God renovate us, still have some areas in our lives that are bubbling up, that need to be removed.
We are currently in the season of LENT (click HERE if you want to read about what LENT is all about). Since LENT is a time of reflection and repentance, I felt the Lord say to write about the sins that seem permissible in this country that are doing great harm to us and those around us. My first post was about UNGODLINESS (click HERE if you want to read it), and was so convicting. My second post that I wrote was about ANXIETY, and that one was also convicting (click HERE if you want to read it). God is doing a deeper work in me…I hope in you as well.
As we jump into today’s permissible sin, be reminded that as a Christian
GOD DOESN’T SEE WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU, HE SEES WHAT’S MISSING
So while I will be addressing these sins, God’s heart and mine is to repent and make room for a replacing of the fruit of the Spirit.
Permissible Sin #3: DISSATISFACTION.
Another acceptable sin in our country today is DISSATISFACTION. So often in our lives, we get stuck when situations seem to go on and on and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight. We find ourselves stuck in situations that we can’t find a quick way out, or can’t at least find some sense of relief. Frustration begins to grow because we can’t find resolve, and if the situation doesn’t get fixed quickly, the prolonged elapsing of time can result in discontentment, depression, and dissatisfaction. We take matters into our own hands, or quit and walk away…not only from the circumstances but also for God.
The word “dissatisfaction” is “dis” which means “away from” and “satisfaction” which means “confident acceptance of something“. Therefore, “dissatisfaction” means “away from a confident acceptance of something“. We are simply not satisfied with what we have, where we are, or what we are doing. We are totally discontent.
Here’s what the Bible says about that:
It’s interesting to me that these Scriptures are speaking mainly about materialism and yet can be a principle for so much more.
So why would being dissatisfaction be a sin? When we are dissatisfied, we are saying that we disagree with what God has given us. When we take matters into our own hands, we are being self-centered, self-sufficient, and self-exalting. And I think we would all agree that selfishness is sin. To respond in these ways is exactly what an unbeliever would do, as they exclude God from their life and take matters into their own hands. And certainly excluding God is ungodliness…the first of our permissible sins.
SO what is missing that we so desperately need? Contentment? Learning how to be Satisfied? I would say it is MEEKNESS.
WHAT’S MISSING IN OUR LIVES IS MEEKNESS
MEEKNESS is the disposition of accepting every circumstance that enters your life as ordained by God, to grow you up into the likeness of Christ.
MEEKNESS is power restrained. It’s power under control.
When I was in high school, there was a friend of mine who broke horses. I would go to the barn with him sometimes after school and watch him turn these wild horses into tamed animals. These huge, beautiful, majestic horses, were strong, stubborn, and wild. My friend never gave up. He patiently worked with each horse day after day. He endured more kicks to the shin, head butts, and being thrown than I can count. But the day would finally come when he could get a small bit in the horse’s mouth, and suddenly, all that power was under restraint.
Meekness comes to us as followers of Christ when we, though having the power to take matters into our own selfish hands, choose to submit to God’s plans to grow me through my extended circumstances. Instead of bucking and stubbornly resisting, we simply are satisfied where God has us, and are surrendered to His working in our lives, no matter how long it takes. We trust that God deeply loves us and has our best interest at heart. We walk in this truth:
“And I am confident that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6
Questions to Consider: What prolonged circumstance is in your life right now? Have you taken matters in your own hands? Have you quit on the circumstance and on God?
What do I do now? Confess your sin of dissatisfaction to the Father. Thank Him for His forgiveness. Ask His Spirit to help you learn to be content in all circumstances. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you develop a meek and trainable heart, that confidently surrenders to His work in your life.
May you confidently surrender to every circumstance in your life.
You are loved,