A wise man once said that human needs are insatiable. No matter how much one gets, he wishes to get more. The reason why human needs are insatiable is because of limited resources.
Maybe if the resources provided are enough for people, they will be satisfied with whatever they get. Due to lack of contentment and limited resources, most people had indulged themselves in things that are not right before God.
Various Bible passages had taught us how to be contented. Being content as a Christian doesn’t involve material things. It is all about your being satisfied with Jesus Christ.
Everything God had done for us was for our good. He sent his son to die for us so that we may live. We only have to find our satisfaction in him.
Contentment Bible Verses
Bible verses that teach us about contentment according to the AMP version
Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am.
I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare, or going without and being in want.
I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].
1 Timothy 6:6-10
[And it is, indeed, a source of immense profit, for] godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of inward sufficiency) is great and abundant gain.
For we brought nothing into the world, and obviously, we cannot take anything out of the world;
But if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content (satisfied).
But those who crave to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish (useless, godless) and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction and miserable perishing.
For the love of money is a root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have been led astray and have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many acute [mental] pangs.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in your weakness.
Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!
So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities, and distresses; for when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength).”
If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity and their years in pleasantness and joy.
Better is a little with righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation and right standing with God) than great revenues with injustice.
The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord [by right of their need and on the authority of His Word], none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have].
For He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down.
And also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.
Blessed, fortunate, happy, and spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), for they shall be completely satisfied!
Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs].
But be transformed by the renewal of your mind so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
Two things have I asked of You [O Lord]; deny them not to me before I die:
Remove far from me falsehood and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me.
Lest I be full and deny You and say, Who is the Lord? Or lest I be poor and steal, and so profane the name of my God.
Those serving as soldiers also asked him, And we, what shall we do? And he replied to them, Never demand or enforce by terrifying people or by accusing wrongfully, and always be satisfied with your rations (supplies), and with your allowance (wages).
A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.
Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?
And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or the span of his life?
And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.
Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?
For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness ([aa]His way of doing and being right), and then all these things [ab]taken together will be given you besides.
So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its trouble.
And He said to them, Guard yourselves and keep free from all covetousness (the immoderate desire for wealth, the greedy longing to have more).
For a man’s life does not consist in and is not derived from possessing overflowing abundance or that which is over and above his needs.
Better is the poor man who walks in his integrity than he who willfully goes in double and wrong ways, though he is rich.
Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, though the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation!
The Lord God is my Strength, my bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!
Jesus answered her, All who drink of this water will be thirsty again.
But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up within him unto eternal life.
How can believers be contented today?
The most important thing about contentment as a Christian is finding it in Christ. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
- As a believer, you can be content in these ways;
- By guarding yourself against the desire for wealth. For the love of money is the root of all evil, says the word of God
- By finding your satisfaction in the Lord and exalting his name, for he will give strength.
- By being satisfied with your present circumstances
- By believing that Jesus can give you water of life and you shall never thirst again.
- By starving and craving for righteousness, for you shall be satisfied.
- Always have peace of mind. It will lead to long life on Earth.
- By living an upright life.
Maybe it’s time you stop worrying about what to eat or wear. It’s time to find that inner peace in Jesus. He is the water of life. Whoever accepts him shall thirst no more.