Are You Content?
Monday, November, 21, 2016 | 2:35 PM | by Pastor Rick
The writer of Hebrews 13:5 says, "Be content with whatever you have, for He said I will never leave you or forsake you."
The Bible then not only identifies contentment as a virtue but speaks of contentment as a command. You are to be content with whatever you have. You are to be content with food and clothing. You are to be content with your wages.
You are to be content because you understand that an utterly and totally and infinitely and supernaturally resourceful God will never leave you or forsake you.
Contentment is a virtue and contentment is a command. Frankly, most people don't experience it. Most Christians don't experience it, obviously, to the degree that God desires us to.
We tend to be a very discontent people. And I have this sort of personal theory that the more you have the more discontent you become.
If that is true, then this must be one of the most discontent societies in the history of the human race. We are called to contentment. We are called to be satisfied. We are called to say I have enough. Most of us don't experience that. Paul did. Paul was a satisfied man. He was a contented man.
When Paul wrote the book of Philippians he was in prison chained to a guard awaiting execution. Here then is the testimony of a contented man.
And there's no better way to see that contentment than to see how he deals with his own distress. It gives him the perfect environment to demonstrate his contentment.
The word "content." is a marvelous word. It goes way back to the Greek term which meant to be self-sufficient, to be satisfied, to have enough.
The term actually indicates a certain independence, a certain lack of necessity for aid or help. Philippians 4:11-12 says, ”I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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.”
Hey guys listen up. We glorify god by contentment! Who made you the way you are minus your sin? God did, right?
So you ought to be content with yourself. Who put you in the situation you're in and all of its circumstances apart from the sin in it. God did. You are what you are where you are because God put you there. If you're content, then, you're acknowledging God's sovereignty in your life.
That gives Him glory. If you're discontent, your real gripe is with God's wisdom and in effect, you are blaming God. And you are questioning God's permission, which allowed that thing to happen that you are discontent over. Contentment acknowledges God's sovereignty, and God, therefore, is glorified
In 2 Corinthians 11:31 the Apostle Paul said, “I’ll give God glory because of my pain”. He just blesses God and gives Him glory for all the beatings, lies and pain. Now that's a contented man. He gave glory in prosperity. He gives glory in pain. There's no difference. Why? Because he knows God is sovereign.
Listen up! Discontent is sin, because it robs God of glory. There is nothing, I think nothing more subtle than the sneaking, kind of growing vine of discontent. A discontent Christian, I don't care if you're discontent over your home, over your job, over your location, over your husband, over your kids, over whatever, a discontent Christian is a terrible advertisement for the sovereignty of God.
You see? What kind of a God do we have? Can you really trust Him? Do you know that He put you where He put you and expects you to be content? Listen up, glorifying God means that you praise Him with a full heart in absolute contentment knowing that your situation is God's plan for you now, and accepting it until it changes with contentment gives Him glory.