The source of our discontentment is this: we accept the lie that we are entitled to something. That as "decent" human beings, we deserve to have lives defined by our own happiness. We forget that EVERY blessing is a gift, not a right, given to us by a God who lavishes His mercies upon us. That is why Job, in the midst of utter devastation, was able to say:
"The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised." -Job 1:21Don't you remember what you were when He found you? Feeble and crying and covered in blood. Abandoned and naked, with absolutely nothing to offer but stained and sodden rags. Children of darkness, born into the womb of death. A pitiful sight, to be sure. But it was only as our natures deserved.
"I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them." -Hosea 11:4
"No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. The LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married. You will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted." -Isaiah 62:4, 12There is nothing God could take from us that would be unjust. Everything we have, everything we are, belongs to Him. Every breath. Every heartbeat. Every love. Every hope. They are His gifts to us, for He is a Father who loves to give good gifts to His children. And if all else is taken away, there yet remains reason to celebrate, because we have already received the greatest gift we can ever be given, the only gift that truly makes us whole--the gift of Himself.
It's time to stop chasing what can never satisfy. It's time to stop pretending that this race can make us whole.