Holy Discontent

41sna-4zgll_aa240_1.jpgSometimes it's difficult for me to be content.  I guess that's why I picked up Bill Hybel's new book called, Holy Discontent.  I don't read much by Hybels, and I don't agree with everything he says.  But it's clear that he is a compelling, Christian leader. 

In this book, Hybels argues that we all have been given  a "holy discontent" that drives us to take purposeful action.  We all have what he calls a "firestorm of frustration" that God places within us to take what is wrong in this world and fight to make it right.  He asks the question, "What is the one thing in this broken world that, when you see it, touch it, or get near it, you just can't stand?"  And then he invites the reader to take whatever that "discontent" may be and feed it so that it becomes fuel for changing the world.

On the one hand, I agree with Hybels.  I think God does give us burdens for the injustices in our world so that we would burn inside and be propelled to take action to restore that which has been broken by sin.  It's been good for me to ponder how God has made me to carry out specific works that He has ordained beforehand, that I should walk in them (Eph. 2:10).  Yet, on the other hand the starting point is often not discovering what my burden is, but what God's burden is.  And God's resounding burden in Scripture is that He might be glorified. 

So, to say it simply, we should strive to know God's heart and see in Scripture those things that he hates as well as those things that he loves.  Our feelings of discontent can waver at times but God's glory never does.  His glory will continue to be the truth and the motive that propels us to take risks and take action for his name's sake.