November 26, 2019 CAC Living Water Devotional :- THE BEAUTY OF CONTENTMENT
LIVING WATER🌊 CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
📆 Tuesday, November 26, 2019.
THE BEAUTY OF CONTENTMENT
READ: Esther 2:12-18
Now when the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his daughter, to go in to the king, she requested nothing but what Hagai the king’s eunuch, the custodian of the women, advised. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all who saw her (Esther 2:15)
Contentment is something so many people, Christians inclusive, don’t cherish much, today. The grab-it-all tendency is fast eating deeper and deeper into the fabrics of our society. Little wonder the level of craze of materialism at all cost. Paul’s charge to Timothy, in 1 Timothy 6:6-10, clears the air on what God’s attitude is to such madness. Esther was privileged to contest for the throne of the queen in a foreign land. To appear before the king, the women were given a sought of ‘blank cheque’ opportunity. The contesting woman was given whatever she desired to take with her from the women’s quarters to the king’s palace (Est. 2:13). That was too open a cheque. Very few persons would not abuse such privilege. Just look at how people misbehave at serve-yourself parties. Put yourself in her shoes, having the opportunity to take from a store of great provision, without restrictions. What would you do?
Esther chose to be different. She was contented with what she was given (v. 15). That is a display of contentment and moderation. God proved that godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Tim. 6:6). How? He made the contented Esther to find the favour that crowned her above others (vv. 15b-18). That is what would happen to you if you are contented with what God gives.
1. Lord, I am not interested in what You are not giving me; I will only get what You have for me, in Jesus’ name.
2. Lord, help me to be contented with the small or great that You bless me with, so that I don’t put myself in avoidable troubles.
3. Pray for the grace of contentment and hatred for materialism for our office holders at all levels, that would keep them madly amassing wealth at the expense of those they are to serve.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Ezekiel 18:28 – 20:44; James 4:8 – 5:11