Pursuing Contentment

Main Truth “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” 1 Timothy 6:6-8

What is contentment? According to Google, contentment is a state of happiness and satisfaction. It could be safe to say our culture is in pursuit of contentment. Moreso, since the beginning of time, humanity has been seeking it. In the last post, I mentioned how the enemy hit Eve (and us) in our achilles’ heel...the desire for more than what we have.

Our sinful nature wants to seek self, and when this happens, discontentment settles in. Solomon explains it best, “Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.” Ecclesiastes‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We work, we strive, we accomplish, we accumulate, but never seem to be satisfied. We’re like a jar with a hole, trying to be filled with water, but never being completely filled.

Like in Haggai, “‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Look at what’s happening to you! You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not satisfied. You drink but are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes!'” Haggai 1:5-6

What does this all mean then? Are we just not suppose to pursue what makes us happy? In a sense yes, if we look it at that way, but that’s not the right question. The question isn’t, do we pursue happy? Rather the question is, do we pursue God?

Without God, contentment is pursuit of self. With God, contentment is the pursuit of Him.

“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:27‭-‬29‭, ‬35 NIV

Post written by: Samantha DeLeon Samantha has grown up going to church, but didn't encounter Jesus until her mid-thirties. Jesus met her on a road of anxiety and over commitment, turning her faith from a spectator sport to a team player on the field. Samantha's mission is to encourage women like herself, "the overachiever-need to help everyone-over committed-never full" life into the abundant life Christ promises and trust Him through life's ups and downs. Samantha is a California native, married to her high school sweetheart and they have 3 school-aged children.