Finding Contentment

17 May 2016

Why does everyone in the 21st century struggle so hard for contentment? What is stopping us from being satisfied?

From childhood it seems we have been programmed to want more and more. We are rarely satisfied, constantly searching for a state of contentment that we think will only be found when we get that promotion, run the marathon, get into a lasting relationship, receive a pay rise, pass the exam, win the lottery… Seeking contentment is usually unsatisfying. We become trapped in a never-ending cycle of striving, perhaps sometimes achieving, but never being truly content.

On the other hand God’s guide to happiness is simple. God tells us that we are precious to Him and He loves us. Jesus explains that everything we need – everything – is provided for us. “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him”.

Try accepting who you are, and accepting your situation in life. Nobody is perfect, so God sent Jesus to overcome our imperfections. God loves you and His grace is sufficient for you.

Imagine the peace of mind if all our dissatisfaction suddenly disappeared. “But how can it?” we say. Try casting your cares on the Lord. God asks us to give our burdens to Him, to trust in Him.

Jesus tells us to be confident in God’s promise of the coming Kingdom. He tells us not to look for contentment in the things of today, but to put our trust in God and look to His Kingdom. This promise can make everyone satisfied.

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

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