“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” Hebrews 13:5, NKJV
There’s a song that says, “I need more, more, more. Jesus, more of you.” It’s a beautiful song by Joann Rosario that reminds us of our constant need of the Lord. Over the course of my life, I have often changed the words of that song to, “I need more, more, more. Jesus, more and more stuff!”
Today, we don’t hear a lot about the sin of covetousness, but it’s rampant among Christians. We want a bigger house, a nicer car, a better living room set. A bigger church, a nicer figure, a better job. Notice the pattern? Bigger, nicer, better. Anything that we feel would make us happier, we want it desperately and feel discontent until we have it. But a sign of a mature believer is when we have learned how to be content. The apostle Paul said, “I have learned in whatsoever state I’m in to be content” (see Philippians 4:11). This is coming from someone who was imprisoned several times and who suffered unbelievably while in ministry. How could he have learned contentment? The Holy Spirit taught him, just as He is teaching God’s people today.
The enemy will always tell you that happiness is somewhere other than where you are right now. Don’t believe him. Instead, make the best out of where you are.
God doesn’t mind us wanting more, He just wants us to be happy with what we have while we pursue better. It makes no sense at all to be grumpy while you wait on your Boaz, grumpy while you wait to have children, grumpy while you wait for a vacation, grumpy while you wait to get a more spacious house. God doesn’t respond to our grumpiness. He responds to our faith. A key indicator that we are in faith is our contentment in Him. Choose to be happy and satisfied with what you have, and God will bless you. Enjoy where you are while you get to where you’re going. Understand contentment doesn’t mean complacency. It is truly liberating when we no longer allow our circumstances to have control over our happiness.
Prayer: Father God, I thank you for preaching to me today by your Holy Ghost. Help me Lord to learn how to be content with what you’ve given me. Teach me by your Holy Ghost to be happy with myself and not be covetous. Forgive me Lord of all sin in my heart. Set me free by your power and love to live a content life through Jesus. Amen.