Conquering Contentment…

1 Timothy 6:6-8

But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

The term contentment, as defined by, is as follows: the state of being contented; satisfaction, ease of mind.

Contentment, in my opinion, is a versatile term because the emotion can be felt in several areas of our life.  Our possessions, spiritual standing, and personal relationships all factor into the realm of being contented.  Luke 12:15 clearly states that we should be cautious to not let greed and worldly possessions overcome our ability to see the proper way to salvation.  It is very easy to get caught up into the ‘world’, especially with all of the pressure that is placed on us to have nice things.  We have a tendency to obsess over the things we would ‘like’ to have, but also forget that in the end we will not be able to take it with us.  With that being the case, why do we allow ourselves to get so caught up with what we ‘do’ or ‘do not’ have.  I am not saying that we shouldn’t have things we enjoy, but that we need to be more realistic when it comes to the ‘tangible’ items in our life.  We should be grateful to be in God’s favor and know that with his blessings upon us, our harvest will be plentiful. 

Spiritual contentment is sometimes hard to achieve.  It does not matter if you were raised up in the Word or are completely new to Christianity, finding a church you feel comfortable in can be a real test.  Matthew 5:6 is a good verse to reference: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.  If we strive to know God and pray fervently for his blessing then he will make a solid path for us to follow.  Remember, though, God’s timing is completely different from ours; so, patience is key when it comes to healthy spirituality.  Once God has set a path for us, spiritual contentment will not be so overwhelming.   

Lastly, our personal relationships can become exhausting, especially if you are not happy in them.  There is nothing worse on us mentally than going day after day while being dissatisfied with those who surround us in our daily lives.  If you have someone in your life that you aren’t happy with, then maybe a reevaluation of the relationship is in order.  In saying that, I do not mean that you should just say ‘it is what it is’ and walk away.  No one is perfect; therefore others will challenge us from time to time.  We sometimes make rash decisions before thinking the situation through, which adds to the devil’s success in sabotaging our relationships. 

Hebrews 13:5

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.

Contentment is something that is not easily gained or achieved, but is accomplished with the right attitude and perseverance.  God blesses us with what is necessary and anything extra should not be taken for granted.  It is easy to fall into the way of the world with all of its greed and selfishness, but that lifestyle will only lead to destruction.  With patience and understanding, we will not only find peace within ourselves but also in our surroundings.  What a wonderful feeling it is to be content and know that we have all that we need, right in the Lord.  To some, simplicity may be a taboo and unnatural way to live; for those who desire contentment, sometimes simplicity is the only way to achieve that goal.  As with anything else, God is the only way to successful resolutions to our problems.  Matthew 6:33…But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 

True contentment lies within the heart of God.  By placing Him foremost in our life, we will begin to see great changes!  Oh, what a wonderful life we could live if we would just find satisfaction in all that we have, knowing that God loves us unconditionally and will continue to provide for us.  He is truly a God of Wonders who knows us better than anyone could imagine!