Contentment Is Godly
God is never restless or frustrated. On the other hand, sinful human beings are inclined either to strive for what they have not got or be dissatisfied with what they have. Paul says that is an ungodly way of living. True commitment to the Lord will lead to trusting Him in every area of life, and results in contentment. There is no need to be anxious or frustrated when God is in command.
The essential truth is that we were born with nothing, except our bodies; we can take nothing with us when we die; we also leave our bodies behind. Everything we have during our lives comes to us though the graciousness of God. If we have something to eat and wear, should we not be content with that? But sinful human nature wants something more or better or different or newer, forgetting that the Lord has promised to provide for His people.
Living in a godly way is a matter of trust. We should believe that He will provide, and that His provision is good, and will be suitable for our needs. We should relax in His love, knowing that He will supply all our needs according to His riches (Philippians 4:19). There is no other route to contentment. So when our inner instincts get out of control and demand to be contented, when the world lures us into Christless contentment, or when the devil lies to us that contentment is found anywhere other than in Jesus – resist those temptations. Know that the God who made you will provide all you need to serve Him until He takes you. Let contentment be the evidence of your godliness.
© Dr Paul Adams