I was listening to the radio a couple of days ago and heard something that really made me think. The people on the air were talking about contentment and how we always seem to want more. I know I’m guilty of that. It seems that far too often I focus on what I don’t have instead of being content with (and thankful for) what I do have. I don’t think it is wrong to want things. Right now I really, really, really want a job. Of course that would fall into the category of need more than want, but you get the point. Some things we want aren’t necessarily bad. The problem is when we place all of our focus on what we want and fail to thank God for what we already have.
I’m reminded of Paul when I think about contentment. He wrote in Philippians 4:12…
I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret [of being content]-whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. (HCSB)
And what is that secret? Paul tells us in the next verse…
I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me. (HCSB)
I’m learning to trust Him more and more for my needs. During this time of transition I have really learned a lot about my dependence on God. Unfortunately I’m not yet to the point Paul was at. I have not learned to be content in all things. It’s hard, but it is something I’m working toward. The problem is that I let worry and doubt get in the way. I guess that’s human nature, but I want to get to the point where I can say I am content in all situations.
The Bible teaches is to not worry about tomorrow. Proverbs 27:1 says,
Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow; you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. (The Message)
Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:34…
Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (HCSB)
Unfortunately we live in a world that makes living by faith hard to do. We are bombarded with messages about always getting more and more. I don’t want to be that kind of person. I want to learn that secret to being content Paul tells us about. I want to have such a deep faith in Jesus Christ that I turn to Him for everything and become totally dependent on Him to supply all my needs. I have a long way to go, but I’m working toward that every day.
I’ll end with a song that was played on the radio station I was listening to right after the discussion about contentment. It’s called Enough. The chorus says where I want to be.