“But godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).
Not all discontentment is bad. Sometimes discontentment can motivate positive, godly change in our lives. Discontentment can be the warning sign that we need to make changes in our walk with God—and that can lead to contentment. When we are contented in life, we can face whatever roadblocks and detours we find. Instead of grumbling about our circumstances, we can look for the opportunities to trust God in new ways and bring glory to Him. We can use our valleys to remind us that only God can fill the emptiness in our lives.
Paul discovered this secret and was able to say, “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. I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:11-13).
Only Jesus can move us from coveting to contentment. Pray for God to show you how He views your circumstances and how He wants you to respond to them.
Prayer: God, I pray that when I am experiencing discontentment in my life, I will be motivated to turn to You. I pray that You would turn my coveting into contentment as You change my perspective. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.