Are you content?

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it 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.  I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4:11b-13

What is causing discontent in your life?  Is there something or someone making you covet something God has not given you? Are you jealous or envious of someone?  Or do you desire to control your life so as to go in the direction you want, instead of where God wants?  Is it the music you listen to, or the tv or movies you watch, or is it the people with whom you spend most of your time that is causing this discontentment?  Are you always wishing you had more money, a better home, or a better job?  “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” (Hebrews 13:5)

What causes this discontentment and what should your response be? Matthew 5: 29a-30 tells us, “If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.  . . And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.  It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”  If you need to stop watching a certain tv show, or stop spending time with a certain person, or if you have to change your priorities in your life, do whatever it takes to remove from your life that which is keeping you from following Jesus whole-heartedly.

We all have needs, and God sees our needs and tells us not to worry. (Matt 6:25.) Instead, Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” We all have desires, but delight yourself first in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.  (Psalm 37:4.)  And may we all become like the Psalmist who realized that the earth had nothing worth desiring, but The LORD, Himself. (Psalm 73:25.)

Run this race content with Jesus, who is our all and all!  When our eyes are on Jesus, and not on the things of this world, we can run this race with joy unspeakable and full of glory! (1 Peter 1:8.)

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