I. CONTENTMENT IS LEARNED/ENABLED BY THE LORD
Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:11-13).
A. BE CONTENT/NOT ANXIOUS BECAUSE GOD IS OUR PROVIDER
. . . do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more that food, and the body than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? . . . why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not cloth himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith? Do not be anxious then, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘With what shall we clothe ourselves?’ For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:25-34).
. . . do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. For life is more than food, and the body clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; and they have no storeroom nor barn; and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! . . . Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you, O men of little faith! And do not seek what you shall eat, and what you shall drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek for his kingdom, and these things shall be added to you (Luke 12:22-31)
Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid . . . (Hebrews 13:5-6).
B. BE CONTENT WITH BASIC NEEDS OF LIFE SATISFIED
And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content (1 Timothy 6:8).
C. BE CONTENT WITH YOUR SALARY
And some soldiers were questioning him [John the Baptist], saying, “And what about us, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages” (Luke 3:14).
D. CONTENTMENT WITH MATERIAL POSSESSIONS COMES PARTIALLY AS A RESULT OF AN OVERWHELMING DESIRE FOR CHRIST
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth (Psalm 73:25).
II. CONTENTMENT AND GODLINESS RESULT IN GREAT GAIN
But godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment (1 Timothy 6:6).
III. A HUSBAND OF AN ADULTERESS WILL NOT BE CONTENT
He [husband of adulteress] will not accept any ransom, nor will he be content though you give many gifts. (Proverbs 6:35).