I never tire of the topic of contentment. It is a comfortable topic, meaning that it brings comfort with it. It can be uncomfortable when we first recognize that we don’t have it, but once we have tasted true Christian contentment, we want it all the time, and we want it spread out into all the nooks and crannies of our heart and mind.
Contentment as a worldview; it really does affect the way we view everything in our lives. Contentment is versatile; it applies to most everything I can think of. So first let’s define it, and then I will list a few areas where we can apply contentment.
Contentment is a deep satisfaction with the will of God in your life. Contentment receives the portion God has carved for you (as the Puritans would say) with pleasure and gratitude. Contentment rests in God’s providence, knowing He is a good and gracious Father who loves His children. Contentment believes God’s promises. Contentment rejoices in all things. Contentment is informed.
Contentment can grieve as well as rejoice; contentment can pray for deliverance with faith, trusting that the wise God will do what is right. Contentment is not stoic or hard- hearted or unfeeling. Rather, it is tender-hearted, submitting to God in quietness of spirit. Contentment is hopeful and cheerful, especially in difficulty.
Contentment is not restless or envious and doesn’t look over its shoulder to compare its lot with a neighbor’s. Contentment is not detachment from circumstances or people. It is not foolish or blind. Contentment sees God’s hand in everything, from the smallest details to the biggest.
In what areas do we need to find contentment? In every area! In all circumstances!
1. In our appearance.
2. In our family.
3. In our health.
4. In our finances.
5. In our church.
6. In our education.
7. In our home.
8. In our friends.
9. In our calling.
10. In our station of life.
“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you’ “(Hebrews 13:5).