I searched this site for the term “contentment” and found nothing.
I confess I’m not surprised. I’m not known to be a content person. Every reference I found on the blog to the term content didn’t mean contented, or satisfied, but it meant stuff.
Websters defines contented as “feeling or showing satisfaction with one’s possessions, status, or situation.” Contentment is the state of being contented. A synonym is being satisfied.
Paul claimed “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” Philippians 4:11 NASB
At a funeral recently, a friend read “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1.
Contentment From Trust
To experience contentment in whatever circumstances, I must trust my God. I must actively believe he is in charge, and nothing happens outside of his control. When everything takes longer than I think it will, God is in control. When I catch every stop light, God is in control. When I drive somewhere and show up without what I need, God is in control. The question is, when I think I “need” something, will I let God control?
Paul learned contentment. Like patience, I have spent a lot of time in contentment class, but I haven’t passed the final. Heck, I haven’t even turned in my assignments. I may project calmness, but pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Inside, I can be anxious, frustrated and angry when things don’t go my way. All of my worst days come from a failure to trust in God.
All of my worst days come from a failure to trust in God.
How do you learn contentment? I would like to know. I plan to try at least 2 things. First, I want to train my mind to recall Bible verses that reflect on contentment, trust and confidence in God. Other verses besides these include Luke 3:14 and 1 Timothy 6:6.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 ESV
Make the Call
Consequently, I need to spend more time talking with people who are contented. I have one friend who comes to mind and I will reach out and schedule a conversation. Would you like to talk about contentment? Schedule some time to talk with me. If you can help, great! And if you need help, we can work on contentment together. Pick a time and we’ll talk and pray for one another.
Or please take a minute and share your thoughts below or in the community. How did you learn to be contented? Or are you like me, taking the class again for the umpteenth time? Above all, our contentment demonstrates the power of God. I just prayed for you and me. Our contentment in whatever circumstances we find ourselves will mark our life and make Jesus visible.