“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” —Philippians 4:11
I am so guilty of not being content. It’s not a money, nor lifestyle issue, it’s a heart issue. We are constantly flooded with commercials screaming at us with the newest high-tech cell phone or kitchen gadget. HGTV shows make us feel inadequate with our non-awe-inspiring homes. Hollywood creates fantasy lives that under normal circumstances are impossible. We long for things we don’t need, covet things we don’t have, and jealous of lives we will never live. This should not be so, sisters. Our eyes should be focused on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sin’s root is discontentment. Dr. William Barcley, author of the book “Secret of Contentment”, said: “Not only is discontent a great sin, but it also is at the root of much sin in our lives. It clearly is at the root of covetousness. A coveting spirit is a discontented spirit because it desires what God has not given to us”.
I do not want a coveting spirit, nor do I want to desire what God has not given me. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust (James 1:14). If we harbor discontentment, let’s go to the Lord and ask for forgiveness. Let’s be content no matter our circumstances. It’s not our circumstances that cause discontentment; it’s our sinful, lustful hearts that lead us to desiring more. Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), the One who ultimately satisfies and fulfills us.
I want more of you, Jesus, not the deteriorating goods and pleasures of this world. Forgive me for not being content, no matter my circumstance, and dig up the root of discontentment in me.
Sisters, let’s search our hearts for areas of discontentment. Think about every area of your life, as if you are looking into different rooms of a house, and ask the Lord to reveal the hidden discontent stored there.
Kelly is passionate in the study of God and His Word. She is an avid encourager to those around her and loves to share the saving message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Kelly lives in Alabama with her husband of 13 years, one son, and works full-time as a customer account manager for a local business.