In a consumerist world where we are bombarded with adverts to lure us into buying things we probably can do without; contentment is great gain. Over and over again, we are encouraged by scripture to be people who value a life of contentment.
In Proverbs 15:16-17, Solomon said, “Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it”.
While this advice has a broader application to it, at its core is the principle of contentment. It is for lack of contentment that pride was found in the devil’s heart which led to him being thrown out of Heaven (Isaiah 14:12-15). It is for lack of contentment that many live a life of greed and some commit crimes just to have that bit more. It is for lack of contentment that some have struggled to pursue their calling or passion, because the alternative pays a bit more.
Contentment could sometimes be misunderstood as lacking drive or passion to pursue better. However, contentment is not the lack of passion or a striving for better, but rather it is the discernment to value what you already have with gratitude.
Paul reminded Timothy of the importance of contentment, as he said, “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction”. 1 Timothy 6:6-9.
What are you grateful for? What blessings can you thank God for? Be content with the many blessings you already have.
“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds” Psalm 77:11-12.