Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content
with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee,
nor forsake thee.
Heb 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto
you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their
Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Php 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Contentment by William Cowper
Fierce passions discompose the mind,
As tempests vex the sea,
But calm, content and peace we find,
When, Lord, we turn to Thee.
In vain by reason and by rule
We try to bend the will;
For none but in the Saviour's school
Can learn the heavenly skill.
Since at His feet my soul has sate,
His gracious words to hear,
Contented with my present state,
I cast on Him my care.
"Art thou a sinner, soul?" He said,
"Then how canst thou complain?
How light thy troubles here, if weigh'd
With everlasting pain!
"If thou of murmuring wouldst be cured,
Compare thy griefs with mine!
Think what my love for thee endured,
And thou wilt not repine.
"'Tis I appoint thy daily lot,
And I do all things well;
Thou soon shalt leave this wretched spot,
And rise with me to dwell.
"In life my grace shall strength supply,
Proportion'd to thy day;
At death thou still shalt find me nigh,
To wipe thy tears away."
Thus I, who once my wretched days
In vain repinings spent,
Taught in my Saviour's school of grace,
Have learnt to be content.
Contentment by Eugene Field
Happy the man that, when his day is done,
Lies down to sleep with nothing of regret—
The battle he has fought may not be won—
The fame he sought be just as fleeting yet;
Folding at last his hands upon his breast,
Happy is he, if hoary and forespent,
He sinks into the last, eternal rest,
Breathing these only works: "I am content."
But happier he, that, while his blood is warm,
See hopes and friendships dead about him lie—
Bares his brave breast to envy's bitter storm,
Nor shuns the poison barbs of calumny;
And 'mid it all, stands sturdy and elate,
Girt only in the armor God hath meant
For him who 'neath the buffetings of fate
Can say to God and man: "I am content."
Art of Divine Contentment: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/watson/contentment.toc.html
CAJON, Calif. (BP)--At some point, we all get caught up in our own
misguided attempts to find peace and contentment by working ourselves to
Reminds me of the tycoon who encountered a fisherman just soaking in the sunset.
“Why aren’t you out fishing?” the tycoon asked.
“Cause, I’ve caught all the fish I need for today.”
why don’t you go out and catch more? Make a profit, buy a bigger boat,
hire more men, become wealthy. Then you could just sit and watch
“What do you think I’m doing now?”
created by God to be content in our knowledge of Him and the world He
provided, as Genesis suggests our first parents were. But when Satan
tempted them with the possibility of becoming more than they were
created to be -- becoming as wise as God -- the idea of being just a
plain, content, human creature was no longer satisfying.
since, man has been on a search for contentment. Augustine got it
exactly right when he said, “You have made us for yourself and our
hearts are restless until they find their rest in You.” True contentment
only comes when we reconnect with God through His Son Jesus Christ.
face it -- it’s a challenge to stay contented these days. Physically,
we know we’re not one of the “beautiful people” (but would love to be).
Emotionally, we live lives of stress, hard work, dirty diapers and bills
to pay (but wish we didn’t). Materially, we’re afraid we’re never gong
to “move on up to the East side and finally get our piece of the pie”
(but wish we would). And spiritually we feel guilty for not being
satisfied physically, emotionally or materially. It’s a vicious circle.
not rehearsing the evidence of our discontent to make us feel bad. I’m
doing it to point us in the direction of true contentment.
believe the most complete passage in Scripture on this subject is
Philippians 4:10-20. The amazing reality about this passage on
contentment is that Paul wrote it while in prison for his faith. Here’s
his key thought: “... I have learned in whatever state I am, to be
content ... [for] my God shall supply all your need according to His
riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (verses 11, 19).
learned behavior. We learn to be content like babies learn to walk. And
such an unnatural disposition is only by supernatural grace. With a
spouse, good friend or small study group, you must learn to resist, in
the power of the Holy Spirit, the discontentment of our age, or you will
be swept up in it and live an agitated life.
Contentment is not
dependent on circumstances. If Paul can learn to be content regardless
of circumstance, we can, too. The same Holy Spirit who indwelt him
indwells us. The same fruit of the Spirit -- peace and self-control --
that were manifest in his life can be manifest in ours.
desires more -- bigger, better, faster, newer, more comfortable. That
is deception. If you are not content in challenging circumstances, the
contentment you think you feel in other circumstances is not contentment
but simply your satisfaction that things are momentarily the way you
think they should be.
Contentment is a state of being, not a
state of doing. Our flesh only feels content when we are doing. Being,
however, does not end -- it is not tied to activity. Paul said he had
learned to “be content,” not “do contentment.”
based on the riches of God in Christ Jesus. The Bible says that
everything we need to complete our journey from earth to heaven will be
supplied by God. Therefore, everything we feel discontented about is
likely not something we need in order to make and complete that journey.
nothing wrong with possessing things. But there is something wrong if
we can’t be content without them. May God speak to your heart and help
you seek, and find, contentment in Him.
David Jeremiah is
the founder of Turning Point for God, senior pastor of Shadow Mountain
Community Church in El Cajon, Calif., and chancellor of San Diego
Christian College (formerly Christian Heritage College). For more
information on Turning Point, visit http://www.TurningPointOnline.org.