By Chris WittsTuesday 3 Sep 2013Morning Devotions with Chris WittsUncategorizedReading Time: 0 minutes
There was a French classical writer who once said “When we cannot find contentment in ourselves,it is useless to seek it elsewhere”. And I think that’s very true. How often have we seen people who are dissatisfied,and never content? TV advertising makes out that we need to buy the biggest and latest,and we won’t be happy until we buy it. “Go and buy it today – you wont regret it” so says the advertisement. It seems the people in charge of advertising agencies seek to encourage discontentment. It is their job to create a desire in you for their product,so you will go and buy it. Whether you really need it or not is immaterial. Their job is to get you to want it.
In the movie “Wall Street”,Michael Douglas,playing the part of Wall Street entrepreneur Gordon Gecco says “Greed is good”. Many today subscribe to this philosophy. Proverbs 27:20 says “The eyes of men are never satisfied”. We can find our relationship with others can be strained because they have more than we do,and we can blame God for not giving us enough.
Deep down in all of us,we sense this is not right. In fact,the Bible teaches that covetousness is a sin. Read the 10 Commandments,and you’ll discover this. It talks of “You shall not covet”. Covetousness is the opposite of contentment,and makes a person feel empty and unhappy deep down inside. We need to deal with feelings of envy as well. If we live for Jesus,we will find fulfilment and freedom. The Jewish Rabbis used to have a saying…”Who is rich? He that is contented with his lot”. And that’s true. The tragedy is that some people are driven to accumulate more and more things,and this can be an all consuming drive. In an English cemetery,there’s a grave marker that says “She died for want of things”. Alongside was another grave stone that read “He died trying to give them to her”.
To be content does not mean being lazy or without motivation or ambition. A person can be really motivated,with great personal drive,and still be contented. For contentment is a state of mind. It’s not based on what is happening around you,nor the circumstances of your life. The Scripture has a small verse in 1Timothy 6:6 that simply says “Godliness with contentment is great gain”. The key to contentment is godliness. Without a true and vital spiritual relationship with God you cannot be content. You see,contentment comes from Him,and God can fill your life with contentment. No matter what is happening in your life today,with your health,relationships or employment,God can fill your heart with contentment. Hebrews 13:5,6 says “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be satisfied with what you have. For God has said ‘I will never leave you. I will never abandon you. Let us be bold and say ‘The Lord is my helper,I will not be afraid'”.
If we are content in God,we will not have a need to covet other things. Why? Because God is our Helper,and He is involved with every area of our life. We need to be content with what He has provided for us in this life,and not take our eyes off Him.
So,the real key to contentment is focusing on what you have,instead of what you do not have. Don’t complain,but thank God for His goodness to you,and the many ways He has blessed your life.