INSIDE: The biblical account of how sin entered the world is well known. It is easy to point out what went wrong, but what can we learn from Eve besides what NOT to do? How do you fight feeling discontent?
Adam and Eve lived in paradise…literally! They were not stressed out about how they would feed themselves. They weren’t worried about their safety, fight about finances or feel overworked. Eve didn’t struggle with body image issues and I bet she never once told Adam she had “a headache.” 😏
Eve had it all! Including a personal relationship with the Lord.
So what happened? Satan shows up, in the form of a serpent, and points out the ONE SINGLE THING that the couple can’t have – fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. You know what happens the instant you are told you can’t have something, right? Suddenly, it is ALL you want! And that is exactly what happens to Eve.
Oh Eve! What were you thinking?!
While engaging in conversation with Satan, she doesn’t stop to consider why God had forbidden eating from that particular fruit tree. She didn’t consider that God was doing what was good for her. She only thought of how He was keeping something from her that she now thought was good for her.
Eve was suddenly discontent and that lead her to make the worst decision in all of humanity.
It is easy to point out what Eve did wrong here, but what can we learn from her mistake? How can women today avoid falling into the same sin?
How do we fight feeling discontent? It is actually quite simple.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thessalonians 5:18 English Standard Version
It is a lot harder to be discontent when you are constantly thanking God for what He has provided.
Does this sound too easy to be true? Well, you are right. It kind of is. Saying you should be grateful in all circumstances and actually being grateful are two completely different things.
It is easy to be thankful for all that you have when you have everything you want. But what about the days you feel like God is holding out on you?
How can you be thankful when:
- your marriage is on the verge of divorce
- your children are living in full rebellion
- you feel alone because you don’t have good friendships
- you are struggling financially
- your job is unfulfilling
- you or someone you love is suffering from health issues
- you lost a loved one
Yikes! Just one of these circumstances is enough to make us feel ungrateful and it is possible to experience several of them all at once!
If you are experiencing a difficult time and need help connecting with God, the Rejoice in Our Suffering Audio-devotional series can help!
We can learn to be filled with gratitude for all that we have, no matter if that is a little bit or a lot. When you are feeling angry, hurt, or bitter, here is a quick way to take your thoughts captive and fight feeling discontent:
Say 5 good things (out loud) that you have or can do that someone else may be lacking:
- Did you eat a meal today?
- Is there gas in your car?
- Are you in a safe environment?
- Is there a single person that cares about you?
- Are you breathing/walking/talking without pain?
The idea here is not to compare your situation in a haughty way, but to simply recognize that things we take for granted are blessings someone else isn’t experiencing.
You can read about my experience with this in Losing My Mind One Kid at a Time. Trust me, it was not a “super-spiritual” moment by any means but God did something amazing that morning.
Sure, there are probably things about your life that you wish you change. There is likely something or someone that you are struggling with. Life is hard and you don’t always have to be happy about it!
But there is always something we can be thankful for – even if all we have is Jesus!
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.2 Corinthians 12:9 English Standard Version
Friend, fighting your feelings of discontent is not mean changing your circumstances. It is asking Jesus to change your perspective of your circumstances. That is what makes all the difference.
Learn how to make practicing gratitude a family affair here!