Contentment call be illusive.
Clung to momentarily only to be replaced by longings for what we do not have.
And it is all around us. If you turn on the TV- you are immediately informed through commercials about all the things you desperately need and your life is “not quite complete” without.
We deserve it.
HGTV shows dream homes and home makeovers that can make us long for granite counter tops and well organized spaces, fenced in backyards and well manicured lawns with beautiful flowers.
Every time we go shopping we are inundated with temptations- we are targeted. Salespeople research and plan to place things in our path that we will be tempted to impulsively pick up.
It is easy to make excuses, to rationalize why we need the things we have, or buy, or the things we want to possess.
But once you have them, are you ever disappointed? That dress that you just had to have doesn’t seem to satisfy after the purchase is made. Sometimes those things that we thought we needed sit unused till we find them in the back of some closet with the tag still on.
All of this buying and upgrading and wanting and consuming can leave us in a perpetual state of discontent.
1 Timothy 6:6-10
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Consequences of Discontentment
- Blinds Us to the Pressing Needs of Those Around Us
- Steals our Joy
- Distracts us
- Causes us to focus our attention AWAY from God
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives,that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
The only thing that satisfies is God. We chase after so many other things- and always the result is the same. Nothing satisfies- it is meaningless- a chase after the wind.
Stop running- rest in God.
Stop longing for things that will never satisfy- whatever it may be for you- let it go.
Daily we must cling to God- dig deep in His Word- seek Him in prayer- and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His Glory and Grace.
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.
Oh Lord, it is so easy to get lost in the illusion that “getting” will make us happy. But only You satisfy. We want to stop running after material things and earthly pleasures. Instead Lord may we burn with the passion to know You more. To dwell in Your presence and rest at Your feet. May we seek to honor You in our thoughts, desires, and how we spend our time and money. We submit ourselves to your leading God. Convict us as we draw near to You. In Your Precious Son’s Name (Jesus) we pray, Amen.
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