“Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.” (Psalm 62:10)
Do you want to be contented in life? And not just contented, but experience radical contentment? I know that I do …..
Covetousness runs rampant in our culture, and contentment is rare. All in favor of contentment? If so, make note of these three choices that lead to genuine, biblical, lasting contentment …..
1.) Seek it ~
Seek contentment as a lifestyle. Choose it. Acknowledge that you would not be happier if you had more. And honestly, you wouldn’t be ~ you’d likely be more miserable…
God’s Word contains clear warnings for us: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”
“But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.”
(1 Timothy 6:9).
Do you believe this yet? More does not equal happier …..
2.) Say it ~
Cultivate the capacity to say, “I have enough.” Let those words ring through your home. Push yourself back from the table early and say, “I’ve had enough.” When you handle money; a surprise bonus from work, an inheritance from your great-aunt, even just an extra bill in your pocket ~ resist the cravings for more. Follow the words “I have enough” with a prayer: “Lord, how can I use this for You and Your glory? ”
“I have enough” runs counter to our culture, but there is victory in this idea. So even if you don’t fully believe it yet, decide to trust God’s provision and say, “I have enough.” The trust of contentment is just like the trust we exercise at conversion: “I don’t know if this will change my life, but my own thing is not working. Lord, if You’re real, come into my life and forgive my sins.” That’s a salvation breakthrough. Have a sanctification breakthrough, and say by faith, “God, I have enough.” Let those words ring from our homes, our cars, our churches and even our trips to the mall …..
3.) Settle it ~
(Psalm 62:10) advises us, “if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.”
Here’s the challenge: choose a lifestyle; don’t let your income dictate your lifestyle. Choose a comfortable level of living that meets your needs, and do not compromise that with more spending when more income arrives. If you don’t choose a lifestyle, this culture will choose one for you, and by default it will be the lifestyle of living beyond your means, leading more likely to frustration and possibly defeat. Be counter-cultural. Be radical. Choose a lifestyle that’s biblically based. Eternally focused. Others-oriented …..
Let enough be enough ~ Learn from the examples of those around you (both the contented and the covetous). You will save yourself a world of hurt and know the joy of a truly contented attitude …..
The Apostle Paul spoke of contentment saying, “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”
I’d dare say Paul was pretty radical and definitely an example that I aspire to adhere to. Spiritual discipline requires us to choose and say something before we feel it. How do those words, “I have enough,” sit with you? Do they feel forced or true? Consider examples of lives you’ve seen marked by covetousness and contentment. What, if anything can you learn from them and their example?
Let us pray ~
Father God; truly I have enough. But there are times when these are hard words that I need to practice more, as I know they are true words that can fill my heart and transform me. By faith today, I choose to believe that “my God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
(Phillipians 4:19). I know that I have enough because I have You. You are my everything. In the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, I pray, Amen.