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Promises

Contentment #7 — Contented Desire

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; those who come to me shall not hunger, and those who believe in me shall never thirst. … the water that I give shall become in them wells of water springing up to eternal life.” John 6:35; 4:13-14

The paradox of contentment is evident in this promise: How does our thirst diminish, if we still need a well? Jesus has not promised that our thirst will go away, but that he will provide what we need to slake it. The Christian way of addressing the paradox of contentment is different than the Buddhist’s. The Buddhist tries to eliminate desire. The Christian secures a source of joy. We cease to hunger and thirst in that as soon as we find a desire arising in our heart, we satisfy it in our relationship with Jesus. Jesus teaches us that he is sufficient to meet every need, and that he intercedes on our behalf with the Father, and that he knows just when to give us what we need, so we will benefit most from his provision. The contentment that comes from entrusting our future to Jesus keeps us from devouring our neighbors; even more, it moves us to acting positively on their behalf. Our wells can become springs that overflow with the love Christ has poured into our lives.

O Lord, you have prepared a table before me, even in my enemy’s presence. My cup overflows. Pursue me with your gracious goodness all my days so I will be confident in your fellowship and content in your love. Amen.

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