Without a shadow of a doubt, God has every intention and desire to bless believers with material and earthly blessings, but the heart of a believer who knows that every need and want has been met in Jesus Christ will respond in deep and well-founded contentment.
James E. Faust once said, "A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being."
Contentment has been seen to be a feeling of being happy with what you have now and who you are today. But is contentment really just a feeling? The Bible teaches that contentment is so much more than just an internal sensation when we get what we want and are fine with that because our hearts are often led to always want more.
To grow in contentment is to grow more than just a feeling. It means to grow a mindset and attitude of always believing that what we have today is exactly what God wants us to have in this current season and believing that His provisions are enough. That doesn't mean we don't work harder to earn more, but it does mean that we don't question God when we don't earn what we think we deserve.
Here are seven scriptures that can teach us about growing an attitude and mindset of true and Godly contentment.
Proverbs 3:5. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Isaiah 26:3. You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Philippians 4:11-12. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
Hebrews 13:5. 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."
Matthew 6:33. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Luke 12:15. And he said to them, "Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
1 Timothy 6:6. But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.