Contentment

See Psalm 119:130; Romans 12:2. We don’t base our beliefs on what our culture tells us; we base our beliefs on what the Bible teaches.
 
What sabotaged Adam and Eve’s contentment in the Garden of Eden? Satan lured Adam and Eve by tempting them to take their eyes off of what God had given them and to focus on what He hadn’t. That’s the root of discontentment. You stop focusing on what God has done and start looking at what He hasn’t done.
 
“When I have _________________, then I will be content.” For you, what have you tried, are you currently trying, or planning to try in the future to fill-the-blank in your contentment?
 
If you had the opportunity to talk with the richest man in the world about contentment, would you listen to what he had to say? One of the world’s wealthiest men wrote his thoughts out for us to read. Solomon wrote what he learned about life, pleasure, wealth, and wisdom. Read Ecclesiastes 5:10-12; 4:7-8; 2:4-11; 4:4-6.
 

Trying to find contentment in pursuing material wealth and pleasure is like chasing after the wind.

 
“That’s just chasing after the wind.” Use this statement when you find envy or desire for more trying to hijack your contentment.
 
Read Ecclesiastes 2:24–25; 5:18–20.
 

Contentment is living at peace within the means and the moments that God has given you.

 
Read Philippians 4:10-13. The word Paul used is best translated contained. It carries the idea of self-sufficiency. Paul is saying I don’t depend on things on the outside, because I carry my own sufficiency on the inside. This of course is Christ’s power and strength at work within him.
 

Contentment can never be bought at a store, it must be learned from the Lord.

Paul said, twice, that he learned contentment. Learning implies that this is not something we come by naturally. Learning also requires practice. Practice turns something that is not natural into something that feels normal.

 

Contentment is not discovered in the next moment it is found in the current moment.

Contentment is never in the next season if we can’t cultivate it in the present one. See Hebrews 13:5.