I think it is pretty hard for women today to find contentment because of all the temptations of this world. The rush is on to have the best, the newest, the latest and the trendiest. Advertisements seduce us from all sides against our better judgment.
A simple woman who wants to live a simple life finds it so challenging to turn her eyes away from all that the world has to offer. She is tempted to think that she needs material possessions in order to have joy when in reality---she possesses it all along.
In fact, she is overlooking the truth: that she possesses great treasure that mere money cannot buy.
See, money cannot buy eternal life in Christ or the riches found in Him.
Money cannot buy the new work God is working in you.
Money cannot buy the forgiveness you have been freely given.
Money cannot buy godly character.
Money cannot buy a godly husband.
Money cannot buy that sweet little baby growing inside of you.
Money cannot buy all those sweet little children that live in your home.
Money cannot buy the love of a family.
Money cannot buy true friends.
Money cannot buy a happy home.
Money cannot buy true peace.
You can take all these things from us and still, if we possess Christ, we are RICH.
We are happy and give thanks for the simple:
Food and clothing.
(1 Tim 6:8)
People would laugh at that today, insisting the newest technologies guarantee happiness.
But Christians know THE TRUTH.
And we will walk in that truth.
Because we are not bound by the world and its strongholds.
It is mandatory that we not allow let the lusts of this world dictate how we govern our homes, finances, and thought life. Worldly contentment is only happy with the here and now, but we fix our eyes on the eternal,
not the temporal.
not the temporal.
Let us truly live our lives as such.
Matthew Henry (1662-1714) had this to say about discontentment:
“Discontentment is a sin that is its own punishment and makes men torment themselves;
it makes the spirit sad, the body sick, and all the enjoyments sour;
it is the heaviness of the heart and the rottenness of the bones.
It is as in that is its own parent.
It arises not from the condition, but from the mind.
As we find Paul content in a prison,
so Ahab discontent in a palace.”
Can we be content in any situation? In any circumstance?
Or are we worldly minded,
and find ourselves
discontent in our palaces?