I have been picking up a lot in the Spirit today, that there are a lot of individuals that are currently dealing with discontentment. It seems there’s a lack of peace about anything and what we call in the Spirit—a stirring. Discontentment means: a lack of satisfaction in one’s possessions, status, or a situation, like a sense of grievance, or also a restless sense of improvement. It’s like these individuals have come to ‘their end’ in things, more in a place of asking themselves, “is this all life is about? I’m sick of it all. And I cannot just let it go.” Well, you’re at the point of where God is beginning to enter into your life…this is the beginning of the journey, when questions like these aren’t answered or cannot be ‘made right’ with things of this world anymore. Now it’s seeking something greater.
What I see is the Lord is pulling on peoples’ hearts to come to Him in this hour. They may see it as a type of restlessness within, or even in the world they’d call it a type of ‘anxiousness.’ But that’s not what it is at all. In order to understand what I’m getting at more so one needs to understand the meaning of being content.
In Hebrew the word ‘content’ means: to breathe after, to consent, be willing, to take upon, to better, to be accepted, to contend, to hear intelligently with implication to attention, obedience, etc., to listen. These are just a few, but they’ll help you understand what’s going on with you.
To breathe after—This is as if one is holding their breath and there’s no release. When one is content they have hope. However, one that is discontent is lacking hope—the right hope, not in things of this world and hold in all the bondages of this world which give no freedom, no release. (Psalm 33:20-22)
To consent—God is moving on individuals, but they haven’t consented to what He’s saying or asking of them. If you haven’t consented, you haven’t come into agreement with the leading of the Holy Spirit and that will definitely cause one to seem in a place of lack of peace. In Isaiah 1:18, God invites us to reason with Him, or also basically consent to His way of thinking, His mindset, so He can cleanse you. This place these individuals are in is a place of not consenting for cleansing and healing within. This goes along with being willing as well.
Take upon—When you’re discontent, you’re not taking upon His yoke, so therefore you have no peace within because your burden is heavy. (Matt. 11:28-30) You’re discontent because you haven’t learned from the Lord what you need to know and understand, therefore your soul is not at rest.
To be accepted—If you’re discontent, you’re not accepted, or also rejected. That rejection can cause much restlessness. There is a time in everyone’s life where they will experience rejection or feel rejected. This is actually part of the process, but God can bring it forth into something new in Him (Ps. 30:5; John 6:37). He’s telling many in this place that if you seek Him wholeheartedly, He will not cast you out.
To contend—When you’re content in the Lord, you do learn to contend with what you’re fighting with rightly (not in a worldly sense but in the Spirit realm) and how to overcome it in His Power. We do not battle against flesh and blood but principalities (Eph. 6:12). When you’re stuck in discontentment, you contend wrongly with things, therefore you open many doors of darkness that affect you spiritually and in the natural world, you have no power over them, so therefore they affect you within.
Hearing intelligently with implication and attention—When you’re discontent you do the opposite. You don’t hear rightly in the Lord, by His leading, and the focus is off of Him. This leads to that unsettledness within. You’re not aware of the darkness that surrounds you, therefore perishing. (Hosea 4:6). This scripture also confirms what was said earlier about rejection. One can continue to go through the ‘rejection process’ with the Lord if they continue to reject Him.
Obedience and listening—this goes along with another term we spoke about on another post ‘shama.’ If you’re discontent, you’re not obeying, listening, understanding, or submitting to God. This leads to all of the ‘feelings’ you’re experiencing in being discontent.
So, with all this being said, for those suffering with discontentment in this hour—see what God is saying to you here! He’s inviting you to breathe, to consent to His leading, to take His yoke upon you, to know He will accept you in this process of submitting. He will teach you to contend rightly in the Spirit. He will give you knowledge and understanding into His ways. But stop with the resisting! This process can continue on in the way it’s going so far, which will become overwhelming at some point, until you submit to Him. He’s calling out to you now. Hear what the Spirit is saying…
See also: Philippians 4:11-13