Posted on May 28, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5 KJV)
“I want more money.”
“They’re asking too much of me at work.”
“I need to move… ASAP”
Fun Fact: did you know that when a customer is dissatisfied with a service or product they receive, they’re likely to complain to nine to fifteen people? In contrast, only about one in ten people will share about a positive experience.
Complaining instead of being content – that is part of the sin nature that we all have. Paul sure knew a lot about contentment, as you can tell by the passages of Scripture below:
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. (1 Timothy 6:6).
Do all things without complaining or disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. (Philippians 2:14-16)
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 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 (Philippians 4:11-13).
Contentment isn’t something that comes naturally; it’s a secret that must be learned. In order to be content, we must always strive to do what God has called us to do. We must work to glorify God in all we do and stay near to Him in prayer, in reading our Bibles and in service. After all, Jesus told us we needn’t worry about tomorrow, as long as we seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness first and foremost (Matthew 6:33).
Now please understand that I’m not insinuating that we shouldn’t try to improve stressful situations in which we might find ourselves. We should exercise all of the gifts and talents Christ has bestowed upon us to improve difficult circumstances. But when all is said and done, I believe it’s important that we feel satisfied with what God has given us and where He’s placed us instead of complaining and wanting more and more.
This devotional was taken from America’s Keswick’s “Real Life for Real Victory Volume 3”. If you would like to order a copy of the 365 Devotional book, please call (800) 453-7942.
Written by Erin C.: Erin served for four years as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She loves encouraging women through her Victory Calls and finds such joy in praying for her sisters in Christ. Her favorite activities include reading her Bible, encouraging others with scripture, buying new makeup, buying dresses, and eating at the Cheesecake Factory… In that order!
Think About This: “I think Christians fail so often to get answers to their prayers because they do not wait long enough on God. They just drop down and say a few words, and then jump up and forget it and expect God to answer them. Such praying always reminds me of the small boy ringing his neighbor’s door-bell, and then running away as fast as he can go.” -E.M. Bounds
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 10:32-33
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.