Recently heard a good series on contentment. I think the following contrasts made the most impact on my view of contentment.
Contentment doesn’t mean we have everything we want – car, house, relationship, job, money, vacation, phone, boat, pet, even church or friends. Contentment is more a state of mind.
Solomon shares with us in Ecclesiates 2:4-11: 4 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. 5 I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. 6 I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. 7 I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. 8 I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired male and female singers, and a harem[a] as well—the delights of a man’s heart. 9I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.
Contrasted with Paul’s words in Philippians 4:11, 12, 19: 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Pretty powerful stuff! Sometimes hard to live and believe!