Contentment

J. D. Conley
May 21, 2017

What a supreme blessing it is to live in the most affluent country in the history of the world. The citizenry of the United States enjoy a standard of living unparallel to any other in the world. Food, clothing, shelter, transportation, communication, education and medical needs, are readily made available. But in spite of these great blessings our country is filled with malcontents. No matter what is made available to them, it's not enough, it's never enough. How bizarre it is for one to have the mindset that abundance is insufficient. Such folks are blind to the blessings God showers down upon them, (Jas. 1:17). Sadly, this sight defect leads to ingratitude, complaining and discontentment on a grand scale.

But this sort of attitude is not uncommon among unbelievers. Though it is inexcusable and utterly distasteful, it's not surprising. But what is surprising, even shocking, is to see discontented Christians. We would think such brethren would be non-existent or at worst, rare, but evidently not. Paul and our Lord give admonitions regarding the need to be content, no matter your lot in life. Jesus says: "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee " (Heb. 13:5). Can you truthfully say that your way of life is "without covetousness?" Are you content, i.e., happy and satisfied with what you have or don't have in this earthly life? If the answer is no, that must mean that you've allowed covetousness to cancel out your contentment. Covetousness and contentment cannot coexist. Let us be careful to obey these words of our Lord. In conjunction with Jesus' command, Paul added, "But godliness with contentment is great gain...And having food and raiment let us be therewith content" (lTim.6:6,8). It's not money and material things that will bring contentment, rather it's "godliness with contentment" Provided we are godly, we will be content. Contentment is a by-product of godliness. Just having the necessities of life will be enough to bring contentment. How comforting to know that contentment does not depend on an abundance of possessions, (Lk.12:15).

Contentment, Paul said, is something to be "learned," (Phi.4:11). Once learned, it can be ours regardless of our state in life. Have you learned to be content? It may be a challenge, but it's a challenge worth meeting!