1998-11-17 - Contentment
Hebrews 13:5, "… be content with such things as you have."
Having spent some time looking at what contentment is not, I would like to proceed to examine some things that promote, breed and generate contentment
1. God is owner and Lord of all.
If this statement is true, then it is equally true to say that we own nothing. God maintains ownership, He dispenses as He pleases, and we are His stewards. God being owner and Lord of all means that He holds all the titles to our possessions. The use and stewardship of the things that we have is for our and others' benefit.
The best example I can think of is my car. I drive my car and use it as I please, but until late in the Spring of 1998, Citibank has the title to my car because it is yet to be paid off. I use the car, but I can not say that it is my car. It really belongs to Citibank. When I finally pay it off, I must continue this mind set and remember that this car is not my car, but rather this car belongs to God and I maintain it, as I seek to serve Him, as a steward who has been entrusted with the use of a car.
This has a lot to do with generating contentedness. If all that we have is not our own, but God's, then if anything is taken from us, it is God who has re-allocated, maybe for just a short time, the use of that particular item. It is not real difficult to say, "I am God's child, He may use me as He pleases.", or to say, "He may do with my possessions as He wills", but try saying that when you car is missing, or when you suffer a great personal loss. Such statements become real only when they are put to the test.
The sovereign love of God allows us to be content regardless of our circumstances. A great example of this in Scripture is Job. He lost everything, possessions, family, health, everything was striped from him such that his one remaining family member, his wife, said to him, "Curse God and die." But Job responds, "Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?" (Job 2:9, 10) Job knew something about the sovereign love of God, even when all about him seemed a disaster and a calamity. Job knew contentment as few have ever known it.
"Though He slay me, I will hope in Him." Job 13:15
Soli Deo Gloria,