The author of Hebrews writes in chapter 13, verse 5, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.”
Paul tells us in Philippians 4:11, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.”
Contentment … now there is something that can constantly allude us.
Just when we think we’re content with what we have, our neighbor gets something we don’t have and our contentment vanishes.
I’ll never forget getting a new lawn mower. It was a tractor style mower and by far the nicest mower I had ever owned. I was content for about two months until my neighbor came home with his brand new zero turn mower.
You see if our contentment is connected to things, it will always allude us. There will always be someone who has something newer and nicer than we do.
That verse in Hebrews goes on to say, “For He Himself has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
And Paul continues in Philippians by writing, “I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Therein lies the secret to contentment. The fact that Jesus will never leave us, never forsake us, and will strengthen us to do all things.
You see, He is the one constant thing in our life. No one can one-up us regarding our relationship with Jesus. He is there for all who follow Him, He strengthens all who follow Him.
We never have to look for a better Savior, for there is none better.
We never have to look for a newer life, because there is none newer.
We never have to look for a more faithful friend, because there is none more faithful.
True contentment is found in our relationship with Jesus.
So, let’s not pursue things that might bring contentment, let’s pursue the One who is sure to bring contentment.