Book: Proverbs 13
“The godly eat to their hearts’ content, but the belly of the wicked goes hungry.”
How is it that one person has just enough and is content but another person who has more is not content? Could it be that it is a choice of the heart? 1 Timothy 6:6-8 says, “true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.” Paul further writes as a testimony, “I have learned to be content with whatever I have.”(Philippians 4:11).
Here we see contentment is not in how much we have or how little we have. Our contentment is in what God has given us. We can enjoy all that He has for us. Maybe a better question is “have we received all that God has for us to enjoy?”
Over a year ago I bought a cell phone with a cover, screen protector and extra insurance. About a month in I cracked the screen but it was still working. I knew I could get it fixed but kept pushing it off as usually the insurance requires you to send it away to get it fixed. This could mean being without a phone for several weeks. About a month ago I was walking by the place where I had purchased the phone so decided to talk to the sales rep who had sold it to me. He confirmed that the procedure was it would have to be sent away. But then he said, “let me see your phone.” After looking at it he suggested that it looked to him like the screen protector was broken but the screen itself was fine. He removed the screen saver and sure enough he was right. Although I was content using my phone with a crack across the display, I missed out on the full enjoyment I could have had during that time.
I bring this up because sometimes we confuse contentment with receiving all that God has for us. If we are seeking to go deeper with Him and deserve our faith to grow, that is a good thing. But if we are focused on getting more things, power, or fame then we are not being content.
Are you content with what the Lord has given you and are you seeking a deeper relationship with Him or are you content with where your relationship is with Him and are hungry for more self pleasing stuff? You will never be satisfied if you are going after selfish desires.