April 1, 2016
When Discontentment Comes Knocking at Your Door
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” Hebrews 13:5 (ESV)
The movers were arriving in less than 10 days, and I still had so much to pack.
Shipping boxes, wrapping paper and rolls of tape were everywhere. Every room in our house begged for attention, and I didn’t know which direction to go first.
Downsizing wasn’t fun, but it was necessary. With a squeezing economy and company cutbacks, our family made the difficult decision to sell our home and minimize our debt.
Deep inside I knew it was the right choice, but the process was hard. And although I tried to put on a happy face, my heart was aching.
I dragged myself from room to room, pouting every step of the way. I stared at the massive amount of accumulated stuff, and it totally overwhelmed me. Clothes, furniture, linens, accessories … and enough kitchen appliances to open a community diner.
Bulging closets and overflowing dresser drawers reminded me of past shopping sprees where I’d picked up many of the items. And now I was blaming the early-bird door busters and all those neon clearance stickers that lured me in the first place.
I had prided myself on all the money I saved buying everything on sale. Who was I kidding?
The truth was our checking account balance was shrinking, yet I wanted to buy new things. All the while, insisting these were purchases we needed.
But now, all those bargains had to be boxed up, moved and put into storage. My “treasures” had become burdens. As I looked around at all the clutter, I wondered if it was really my heart, not my home, that needed to be de‑cluttered.
It was time to make some major adjustments in my thought life and begin living out today’s verse in Hebrews 13:5, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have.”
God spoke to me that day with gentle conviction. It was time to stop making excuses for buying so much and be content with less. A lot less. Kneeling in my storage room, I prayed and asked God to forgive me and help me change. Not just for a season, but as a new way of living.
When the movers arrived, everything was boxed and ready to go. Instead of heading to a storage facility, we delivered most of those boxes to a local children’s home in desperate need of household items and clothing.
It felt freeing to give away more and keep less. To experience the Giver instead of holding on to the material gifts. To trust God’s provision and stop worrying about having enough. To simply be content.
Maybe sometimes you struggle with contentment, too. Do you ever find yourself buying something you really don’t need? I know … it was probably on sale, right?
The cure to discontentment is not found in acquiring more things. It’s found in experiencing more of God’s presence. Remember what He promises in today’s key verse, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
Perhaps God is asking you to keep less and give away more. To be content with what you already have and not feel the urge to buy more.
Friend, don’t fall for the lies I did. Trust God will provide what you need when you need it. If you have extra items, consider giving them away to someone else and experience the weightless freedom of being content with less.
Lord, You know me better than I know myself. Help me to be content with what You’ve provided for me. Take away my cravings for always wanting more as I treasure time spent in Your Word. Teach me to desire You above all else and help me give generously to others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
1 Timothy 6:6-8, “But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” (ESV)
Matthew 6:33, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (NLT)
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
In what areas of your life are you least content? Write them in your journal along with the two Scripture verses above. Pray and ask God to help you be content with what you have as you trust Him to provide all you need.
Get a box or kitchen trash bag and go through your closets. Place at least one item from each closet into the box or bag and take them to a local charity or give them to someone in need.