Contentment #4 – Satisfied in Him
Debbie Kerr | Office Administrator
1 Timothy 6:6-10
“But Godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into this world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”
Early in our marriage through many different circumstances, we found ourselves in a financial crisis that lasted a few years. We had wonderful parents that were willing and able to help us out from time to time, and God was always faithful. This type of trial presents many temptations if our focus is in the wrong place. It is very easy to become discontent with our situation as you see what others can do for their children, vacations they are taking, and the material things they can provide. I have to admit I did not do very well during this season. I am typically a content person and can adapt to various situations but this one hit me hard, not so much for me but because I wanted more for my children. I bought the lie the world lays on us that “things” make us happy and fulfilled. When we allow a spirit of discontentment to enter our hearts, all manner of sinful fruits begin to rear their ugly heads. Sin will always produce sinful fruit, and discontentment will produce the sin of greed, pride, bitterness, anger, and so on.
The Apostle Paul addressed this issue more than once in Scripture. Paul came from a very wealthy family of prestigious means. After he was converted, he literally became a slave for Jesus Christ, imprisoned and many times beaten and left for dead. He trusted God through seasons of provision and seasons of lack. There were many times when he was penniless and homeless as he traveled and preached the Gospel as a missionary. Paul wrote a letter to the church in Philippi saying in Philippians 4: 11, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” God wants us to learn to trust Him in every situation; He is our provider. We live a country where most of us do not go to bed hungry or lack for our basic necessities. We are a very blessed people in comparison to many parts of the world and yet we are probably the most discontented. Wealthy people commit suicide and have addictions and issues because wealth and prosperity do not bring lasting happiness and contentment. Only when we find our complete satisfaction in God, then and only then will we find true contentment. I love the quote by John Piper, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”