Why should we be concerned with being content in life? How do we prevent discontentment from showing up? Plus 10 Bible Verses to help you find contentment when life is hard.
What does it mean to be content?
To be content means to be sufficient, be enough, to be satisfied.
Signs that we are not content with our circumstances include feelings of selfishness, pride, vanity, materialism, and. idolatry.
You might be thinking, “Oh good, I don’t have any of those.”
But discontentment can also be a restless feeling in your heart. A wishing for more that doesn’t come from God. This doesn’t mean dreams and goals.
Discontentment becomes a problem when you start looking outside of God to fill you.
It can start as a small, innocent feeling.
Perhaps you look to another person to fill the loneliness in your heart, slowly over time without realizing it this person becomes everything to you. Suddenly their happiness becomes your happiness, their disappointments become yours. You no longer know who you are outside of them.
Maybe you begin to shop every time you feel a little sad, reasoning “what’s wrong with a little retail therapy?”
Maybe you bury yourself in work, finding accolades at the office and only disappointments at home so you decide to shift your time and energy to the people who will appreciate you.
The scary thing is, we can talk ourselves into almost anything.
Before long, we aren’t turning to God or his word aside from an occasional church service.
But if we aren’t running into God’s arms every single day, then chances are we are running towards the wrong things.
If you’re not happy with a part of your life, tell God about it. Ask him to increase your contentment in your life. Ask him to remove any area of your life that you feel a longing for but shouldn’t.
This is a God honoring prayer.
God desires to give you contentment and joy in your life.
10 Bible Verses When Your Life Needs Contentment
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?Matthew 6:25-26
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,
“I will never fail you.Hebrews 13:5
I will never abandon you.”
Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.1 Timothy 6: 6-8
It is better to be godly and have little than to be evil and rich.Psalm 37:16
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.Philippians 4:11
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.2 Corinthians 12:9-10
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.1 Timothy 6:6-8
But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.Psalm 131: 2
The righteous eat to their hearts’ content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.Proverbs 13:25
The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.Proverbs 19:23