One Day at a Time Devotional
One of the most well-known children’s fairytales is, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. If you’ve ever read or heard the story, then you will know that it contains a tale about a little girl who is walking in the forest and comes upon a cottage. As she enters the cottage, uninvited, she finds it empty. There on the kitchen table are three bowls of porridge, she tries each one. The first is too hot, the second too cold, but the third is “Just right!” After trying each bowl of porridge, she is tired from her long walk in the forest and meal. So, she finds a place to sit down. The first chair is too big, the second is too big, but the third is “Just right!” Unfortunately, the third chair breaks and this encourages Goldilocks, who is still exhausted from walking unaccompanied by parents in a dark forest and is tired from breaking and entering (all humor intended) a stranger’s home, to look for a place to sleep. Consequently, she heads upstairs to find a bed to lay her weary head on. Upstairs she finds three beds, the first is too hard, the second is too soft, but the third is “Just right!” Shortly after Goldilocks falls asleep, the owners (three bears), arrive and find that someone has been eating their porridge, sitting in their chairs, and sleeping in their beds. Goldilocks awakens, sees the three bears, and runs away, never to return.
If you are a parent or have cared for small children, then perhaps you can relate to the intrusive behavior of Goldilocks. It seems that there are times when the child is just never satisfied, but as adults are we any different?
In our above verse, Esau makes a statement to his brother Jacob, he says, “I have enough.” This statement has not always been Esau’s attitude. Two brothers, Esau and Jacob, were always competing even into adulthood. We read in Genesis chapters twenty-five through twenty-eight about Esau selling his birthright (inheritance) for a bowl of lentils, complaining of a lost blessing, threatening to kill his younger brother and taking a third wife to please his parents. I must admit, Esau suffered wrong at the hands of his younger brother, but his attitude was his worst enemy. Esau was motivated by selfish gain and his wants and desires were based on circumstance. Fast forward the story, twenty years have passed since Esau has seen his younger brother, Jacob, and Esau’s attitude has changed. By Genesis chapter thirty-three, Esau is no longer angry or discontented. He can say to Jacob, “I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.”
However, if Esau and Jacob had practiced the attitude of contentment on a daily basis, they would not have had to suffer the trials of separation, deception, and loss spoken of in these aforementioned chapters. So, what can you and I learn from these Bible characters? God wants you and me to be content no matter where we are or what circumstance is happening as stated in Philippians 4:11, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
As Christians, let’s decide that we will be content with what we have and where we are. After all, the attitude of contentment is a choice, not a happening. We don’t need to be like Goldilocks who tried several options before deciding she was just right, we can decide now that no matter what happens, where I am, or what I have, we can say, “Lord, I am Just Right!”
One Day at a Time Devotional,
a ministry of Riverview Baptist Church