Seize the Moment – Day 794


The Antidote to the Contagion of Discontentment!

2 Samuel 15


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Friday, May 20.


Did you know that discontentment can be contagious?


Absalom was a discontented man bent on the downfall of his father, David. Fueled by ambition and anger, the man who murdered his own brother was now conspiring for the throne of Israel, as evidenced by 2 Samuel 15:3-6:


Then Absalom would say to him, “See, your claims are good and right, but no man listens to you on the part of the king.” Moreover, Absalom would say, “Oh that one would appoint me judge in the land, then every man who has any suit or cause could come to me and I would give him justice.” And when a man came near to prostrate himself before him, he would put out his hand and take hold of him and kiss him. In this manner Absalom dealt with all Israel who came to the king for judgment; so Absalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel.


Absalom systematically worked a contagion into the hearts and minds of God’s people – discontentment! He conspired against his father by causing the people to believe that they couldn’t trust the king to meet their needs, but that they could trust him. In 1 Timothy 6:6-9, Paul provides the antidote to Absalom’s rebellion against God’s rightful authority, which continues to be a tool of the enemy against God’s people to this day:


But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.


Seize the moment and be content in your circumstances so that you can be motivated to work with your whole heart for the glory of God in all that you do (Colossians 3:23).

God bless you!
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