The Holy Spirit is dropping this into me:
Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” Hebrews 13:5 (The Message)
Contentment, or discontent is a root cause for problems. Imagine if satan had been content being an angel and didn’t want more. Imagine if Adam and Eve had been content with all the trees except for one. Just imagine what this world would be like if just those two had been content with what they had.
Imagine the happiness and satisfaction I can have in my life if I choose to be content, knowing that God will never leave me and never forsake me, He will provide the things I need. I can trust Him. If I don’t need to grab toys from the other children, if I can be content with what I have, perhaps even give some of what I have away – then my contentment will become joy.
Joy in the security of God’s provision. Joy in being able to rest and not struggle to survive. Joy in His acceptance of me while I was a sinner and His even greater pleasure with me now as His child. Joy in having time and energy to share with others – because of my choice to be content with what I have and safe in the knowledge that God says I can ask for the things I need and He will supply them.