ContentmentBro. David Chancellor
12/26/2010 6:00 PM
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
Every part of me should bless the name of God. Appreciate his blessings. "Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s." God can satisfy and renew us so that we don’t have to feel old in our spirit. He can give us strength to face life’s challenges and troubles. He can satisfy us if we will let him. Most people aren’t content or satisfied. They pursue happiness, but they don’t find it. Learn to be satisfied with God and content with what he provides.
1 Timothy 6:3-8
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 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.
If men don’t teach the word of Jesus, they are "proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness…" Just having stuff doesn’t make you godly. You could have everything you dream of and still be unhappy. "But godliness with contentment is great gain." We can be content in God. When we have God, we have a good year. If you’ve found contentment, you can enjoy life.
Put the course of your life in God’s hands. You can get done what God wants for your life. True contentment is to be where God wants you to be.
Some people chase after things and lose their souls to get them. You can chase those things and still not be happy. As long as you have food to eat and clothes to wear, be content. When your needs are met, be content. All of us have been well-blessed beyond food and raiment. So many people, though, haven’t been content. We have more than what many kings of history have enjoyed. There have been hard times, but people have learned to be content even in hard times when they had God. Live life this way. Be thankful that God has been with you and brought you through. Put your trust in God and realize he can work things out in his own way.
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.
Covetousness is a great source of discontent. People covet what they shouldn’t have. God knows what you need. He can put in your life what you need. Be content with what you have – God. People don’t really grasp what they have when they have God. He is the best there is. Learn to be content with what you have. Let Him work what is beyond you’ve ever done, or could think of doing.
He won’t leave us or forsake us. We don’t want to leave Him either. When you have God, you have everything you’ll ever need.
Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.
"And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire." The people asked, "What do we do?" John said, "Bring forth good fruit." Then you don’t have to worry about the axe. In the past they had relied on their physical heritage, but things changed. He told them to share with others, take only what was theirs, be peaceable, be honest and be content. They could protect, but they weren’t to incite violence.
If you need a raise, God can get you one. He knows what you need. Take it to God instead of the boss. God will take care of us. Be content with your wages. God has no problem with advancement, but we don’t have to get there through discontentment. We all have to learn to be content in God. Learn to live within your means and be content. You can have a good year when you are content. God does many things for his people, but He does it in his own way.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
This verse starts with how we feel, because God supplies all our needs. The problem comes when people feel they are the source of this feeling, or when they feel this way when it isn’t so. When we feel richly blessed, we need to realize our sufficiency is of God. We can be content and desire to have more of God. Things could be better, but we aren’t discontent with God. The problem doesn’t lie with God. We still need God to work in and through us. We can be content with him, but knowing there can be greater things. Just saying,
"everything is fine," doesn’t make it so. Realize your need for and dependence on God. Be content, but desire more of God. More of God is needed in this world. Don’t be self-satisfied; be satisfied in God. God can cause us to abound and increase. He will meet all our need. Don’t claim more than what God is doing. Get content in God. This can be true of us; we can be richly blessed in God. Our testimony of His blessings can bring him grace and glory. We can be happy in God because he’s done all this for us.
2 Corinthians 9:7-11
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you…" Do you believe this? God can give you whatever you need. He can give you anything. There’s no reason you can’t do good works, because God will supply what is needed to do it. "… that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:" We can do this.
"Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness…" God can give you an increase. Realize the increase is because of God’s bounty. Consider what can be accomplished by God’s means. God can work in whatever way is needed.
"Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God." Give God praise. Honor him. Be content and thankful for God’s blessings. See it as opportunity to share with others. God wants you to enjoy doing good things. He likes a giver who has a good time doing it. Learn to enjoy giving. It can be fun to give and do good works. We can have a good life in God. We’re rich in God. God can provide us enough to do good works. He puts grace within us. There is joy in sharing what God gives. Be content in God. Rejoice in his blessings. Thank God by good works. Let his benefits work thanksgiving in you. Appreciate how good you have it. Happiness comes through contentment. Contentment comes in surrendering to God to be used as he sees fit. Next year can be a good year if you’ll be content, appreciate his benefits and draw on his blessings to do good works.