Christians are called to contentment.
How is it possible to be content in this life? We live in a world that rejects our faith, our flesh tempts us to depart from the truth, and the spiritual forces of darkness always assault our faith. How can we be content in such an unsettling world?
The answer to that question has to do with “what you have” that you can never lose.
You can lose your possessions, your family, your peace, your health, and your life. You can lose all of these things – and you will lose them if the Lord’s return does not precede the time of your death. Scripture exhorts us:
“Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; …” (Hebrews 13:5a).
And, what is it that you have? This is not a call to be content with the present level of your finances. You can lose all your money in a moment of time. Instead, the passage continues by telling you to be content with “what you have” that you can never lose.
“… For He Himself has said, ‘I will no-never desert you, I will no-never forsake you (Hebrews 15:5).
The LORD has promised that there is never-ever anything that can separate you from Him. He never will drop you; He will never depart from you when you are in the midst of affliction. You can lose everything in this life, but you cannot lose the most important thing – the faithful presence of the LORD Himself.
Contentment is to be found in the never failing and always abiding presence of the Lord.
This is the mindset of contentment. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3).
Our hearts are at peace and we walk in contentment when we focus on truths that can never change in our constantly changing world. We can never find solace in our possessions – they may fail us. We can never be at peace when we live such a precarious life – one day we are here, then next day we may be gone. However, we can find contentment in the LORD who is always the Good Shepherd of His sheep. He has a prefect record of keeping His flock. Nothing can ever separate us from Him. The LORD God calls us to live in this life in light of His presence – not in light of our circumstances.