What It Means to Be Content

Hebrews 13:5- "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, 'Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you."

For much of my teen and adult years, I wanted to be different.  I wanted to look better, make more money, and just have a better life.  I did not really have specific ideas for myself.  It was always just a feeling that a better life was out there to be had.  Looking back, my appearance and financial situation were not the problem.

I was lacking in contentment.

Hebrews 13:5 tells us to be content with what we have.  God has blessed each of us uniquely and has equipped us according to His plan.  Although we worship the same God, we are on different journeys requiring different tools and gifts.  Whenever you see others with certain qualities, achievements, or possessions, know that God has readied them for their own journey. In the same way, God has supplied you with everything you need for the work He has intended for you.

This verse goes on tell us that we will always have what we need.  It is easy to fall into the trap of endlessly wanting something more or different.   However, our creator has already gone ahead of us and laid out the path he intends for us to walk.  He knows exactly what you need and He ensures that you will have it.  As you walk that path, be filled with contentment knowing that He is always with you and that you have exactly what you need.

2 questions:

  1.  In what area of your life are you most prone to discontentment?
  2.  How does having faith in God's plan for your life impact your ability to experience  contentment?