Text 1: Ecclesiastes 5: 10. He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.
Text 2: Psalm 37: 16. A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
Contentment is defined as a state of happiness and satisfaction.
A man that is not content with his resources and possession will be covetous.
As believers, God wants us to be content in life.
The high rate of crime, bribery, robbery and all sorts of corruption in our society today is because people are no more content with their earnings, resources and life possessions.
I watched a short video clip some years back, of a man who wished he had an aeroplane as he watched an aeroplane flew over his car.
Another man with a motorbike saw the same man who had a car and wished he had a car.
Few blocks later was another man standing on the road and wished he had a motorbike as the bike man rode pass him.
And again another with amputated legs on a wheelchair wishing he could stand and walk again as he saw the man who stood on the road.
And it made me realize how meaningless life has become.
The quest for more has ended lives and destinies untimely.
Be content with what God has blessed you with.
Some time ago when mobile phones were newly introduced in Africa, many lost their lives in pursuit of these items but today, those brands and models are no more in the market.
All of these are meaningless, like chasing the wind.
Be content and grateful to God for what you have and at His time, He’ll change your status.
It was the greed of Judas that led him to betray Jesus Christ.
It was the greed of Gehazi that brought about the curse of leprosy upon him and his household.
Lucifer lost his position in heaven because at some point he wasn’t contended with his position and sought for ways in becoming and taking the place of his creator.
There are life and assurance of security as we apply the wisdom fruit of contentment.
Some people associate contentment with good conditions alone.
When the family relationships are great, work is fulfilling, and we have no health or financial problems, then we feel at ease. But if something goes wrong, our satisfaction vanishes.
God wants us to be content in every situation of life.
Apostle Paul in the Bible learnt to be content not just in good times but also in bad times.
Paul was content because he rested in God’s faithfulness. He knew the Lord was in full control and promised to work all things for His children’s good.
Paul wasn’t feeling like a victim or wallowing in self-pity. Throughout the letter to the Philippians, he talked about Jesus. In fact, his greatest pursuit in life was to know Christ, His power, and the fellowship of His sufferings. No circumstance could hinder that pursuit. Philippians 4:11-13.
Learn from these martyrs of faith and learn to be at peace with yourself in any situation of your life.
Many believers have abandoned their place of spiritual service and call in their quest for riches.
Our Bible text tells us that ” He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity”.
Why are we killing ourselves over the riches of the earth, that we possess today and tomorrow we are no more?.
Why the wickedness in the heart of men over perishable things?
The Bible tells us this way; ” Ecclesiastes 1: 9. The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Do not lose your peace over something that is yet to settle at your disposal.
Let the word of God be rooted in your life.
Let the Holy Spirit teach you, for when He does, you’ll need no man for directions. 1 John 2:27.
In conclusion, as believers, God knows we have need of these things the Bible says.
Rather than being covetous or sinning against God, let’s apply God’s principle of supply that says;
“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and it’s righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you”. Matthew 6:33.