Contentment is not getting what we want but being satisfied with what we have. It is also being pleased, being happy and not desiring more. We find contentment at the same place we find salvation in Christ. When you have an intimate relationshipwith God, you feel content and appreciativeof His goodness and mercy.
Apostle Paul says in Philippians 4:11-12, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want”.
When we realize who has given us what we have, we can walk in contentment and experience true joy. Contentment is an ability to be thankful and joyful, no matter how much or how little we possess. It is a secret of gaining true joy and happiness. Your contentment should not be based on your circumstances, but on your relationship with Christ.
Contentment does not happen overnight; we have to learn it. As your relationship with God develops over time and through experiences, you learn to trust HIMmore and trust yourself less. It is important to know that Christ will give you strength to persevere in whatever situation you encounter.
No matter what you are facing today, you can receive the strength to be content. The world is filled with so much good that brings pleasure but true contentmentonly comes when we love and treasure our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. The psalmist says in Psalm 17:15, ” And I – in righteousness, I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness”.
In this psalm, David shows us that he based his contentment on his relationship with God. We deceive ourselves when we measure our happiness or contentment in life by the amount of wealth we have, our possession and our status in life. When we put riches at the top, the comforts of today overshadow the eternal value of our relationship with God.
Sometimes, we think we will be happy or content when we get riches, only to discover that they bring nothing but temporary pleasure. You will only find true contentment if you put eternal riches above earthly riches. The Word of God tells us in Proverbs 30:8-9, “Keep falsehood and lies from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonour the name of the Lord”.
Having too much money is dangerous but so can having too much little. Being poor can be hazardous to both spiritual and physical health. On the other hand, being rich can do the same. So, true contentment in who we are and in what we have is very essential for our spiritual growth. AMEN
PRAYER OF SALVATION
If you have not already committed your life to Jesus and you would like to do so now, please pray this prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I am sorry for all the things I have done wrong. Thank you for dying for me on the cross, to set me free from my sins. I ask you to come into my life as my personal Lord and Saviour, and fill me with the Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord Jesus. Amen.”
Congratulations, if you have prayed this prayer. Please look for a Bible-believing church, to fellowship with the brethren. Please do not hesitate to contact me, if I can be of any assistance to you. Remain blessed and enjoy the presence of the Lord.
Ronke is a woman of faith and has compassion for souls. She strongly believes that, with God, all things are possible. Through her ministry, Touching Hearts ministries (UK), God is using her to minister to the sick and the brokenhearted. She has written some articles, which are encouraging and a source of blessing. For more information, please visit her website on www.touchingheartsministries.co.uk