Discontentment can sneak up on you… it needs no invitation. It needs no particular reason. If I’m honest with myself, I think it’s my default setting- maybe it’s yours too? I’ve got no profound words, so I’ll let The Word speak.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. -1 Timothy 6:6-8
In the context, Paul is specifically talking about material things. But we can be discontent about things other than not having cool cars, a nice house and designer clothes. We can be discontent about circumstances too- failure at school or work, unfulfilling job or relationship, undesirable living situation, etc. No matter what is keeping us stuck in discontentment, we have a choice to let God be enough- or not.
7 Two things I ask of you;
deny them not to me before I die:
8 Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that is needful for me,
9 lest I be full and deny you
and say, “Who is the Lord?”
or lest I be poor and steal
and profane the name of my God.
I really like how this proverb highlights the delicate balance between having so much that we become prideful and self sufficient, versus not quite having enough to survive which could lead us to steal. Maybe you don’t agree that the balance is delicate. The gap between poverty and riches is huge. I’m closer to poverty, you think, because I don’t have a huge fancy house and my car is at least 5 years old. I don’t buy designer clothes and I don’t have money stockpiled away. Yes, I’m definitely closer to poverty than riches, you reassure yourself.
And perhaps you’re right… after all, I don’t know you (nor you me). But what if you’re closer to “riches” than you think? Or maybe you’re already there? Right now, are you depending on God to provide for you (and your family)? Or do you trust your own efforts to sustain your life? Are you content? Is God enough?
Lecrae sure thinks so!