God has been exceedingly good and gracious to all of His creation even within this sin-bent world. He even goes as far as extending His common grace to unbelievers too, providing steadfast patience desiring for all to come to repentance(2 Peter 3:9). Why then are Christians, in the wealthier parts of the world especially, left feeling discontent? Hasn’t God already provided all we need and then some through His Son, Jesus?
I will digress a little here in the hopes of establishing framework for this entry. Such a tremendous number of skeptics of Christianity and atheists alike all claim that we have advanced beyond any need of God anymore. Supposedly, we have attained some stage of enlightenment of knowledge and understanding that “liberates” us from being held accountable to anyone/anything. Rebelliousness towards authority is deemed socially-acceptable as it pervades Western Culture. It is like we are living in the “era of entitlement” where people conduct themselves as though they are owed something without having to make the slightest effort. In addition to “experts” and thought-leaders of society denouncing Christianity, there are more revenues being sunk into marketing budgets than ever recorded before in history. The purpose of marketing is simply to convince you that what you formerly wanted, you now need, so that you will ultimately make the purchase. Sounds innocent on the surface, but the only problem is, when is enough stuff, enough stuff? I am not so sure I have the exact answer, but this is precisely my point. Hopefully these following five reasons allow you to view discontentment under a different vantage point.
5 Reasons Discontentment Destroys
- Because discontentment is rooted in ungratefulness in God’s provision, it will invariably lead to covetousness, greed, envy and a host of other destructive sins. The believer’s heart will become calloused and they will begin to wander into spiritually-deadly desires. Supportingly, 1 Timothy 6:6-9 states: “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction…“
- Discontentment distracts us for our God-ordained purpose and the plan that He has for us. It also implies that our heart is not right before God. We should not be filling our minds with unwholesome-worldly content which glorifies materialism and celebrates exalting one’s self with status from purchasing brand name products. This will certainly result in being discontent and never satisfied because only God is big enough to fill the empty void your heart seeks to have filled. God designed it this way so that we would turn back to Him in repentance. In a similar way, Eccelesiates 3:11 tells us that, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end”
- Discontentment will constrain our effectiveness as Christians because it makes us more susceptible to the devil’s temptations. When we become discontent, we are essentially telling God that all Who He is and all that He has done is not enough. Imagine telling the Creator of the Universe, Who sacrificed His only Son for you and I, He is not enough and that we demand more. What an absolutely inconceivable request! In one sense, we are actually rejecting God; sadly, our deceitful heart will prefer the sin over the One Who already gained victory over sin so we can live. In the process, our hearts will become hardended to hearing God’s voice and we will become weakened to the power of the Holy Spirit. We won’t be battle-ready (Ephesians 6:10-20) for the spiritual assaults by the enemy so long as we are in this neutralized state of discontentment.
- Discontentment will tarnish and destroy our relationships with others, particularly other believers. Money becomes idolized through when it takes on more importance than God, therefore causing relationships in the discontented Christian’s life to suffer. During the pursuit of chasing after things that we hope will provide us with contentment and security, we will be hurting those who matter the most to us. One example of this may be seen through when a business person steps over people to advance the corporate ladder in their career to earn a higher income level to live more comfortably. In addition to the major time sacrifice(being unable to invest time with fellow believers and loved ones), people are being exploited for this business person’s selfish gain. The author in 1 Timothy 6:10 reminds believers of the following: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs” (1 Timothy 6:10).
- Lastly, it is my contention that the “Christian” who lives a life full of discontentment has never actually placed a saving faith in Christ, therefore their soul will be destroyed in finality when they meet God face-to-face for judgement. While there are certainly seasons when a Christian will experience seasons of discontentment, the Bible contains far too much evidence to disprove that true believers would live a life defined by discontentment. Being indwelt by God’s Holy Spirit means that we will yield the fruit of joy and peace(among others) despite temporal circumstances. Our hope is in spending an eternity with Jesus Christ and nothing is capable of stealing this treasure which God has stored for all those who belong to Him!
Father, I pray that you would destroy any and all sources of discontentment in our lives! Fill us with peace, love, joy and contentment that comes from placing our trust in You Alone. Please orient the affections of our heart and centre our thoughts on You, for: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”(Jeremiah 17:9). In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.