Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. ~Proverbs 30:7-9
Contentment is a complete satisfaction with your circumstances and possessions. It is an inner sense of arrival that the extremes of deprivation and pursuit of accumulation will not control or dictate your spirit. This morning, we want to consider how a man named Agur made the pursuit of contentment a priority of his life. We want to see why it is important for us to guard our life from becoming discontented.
There is prayer for contentment.
Agur prayed, “Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die.” He prayed to be delivered from a life of vain pursuit and to have enough to take care of his daily needs. He realized that the pull of covetousness could lead him into a life without God. He may have seen the devastating effect that discontentment made in the lives of people he knew. He prayed that things would not be a distraction in his life. He prayed that his heart would be insulated from the possibility of living only for himself.
There is the position in contentment.
Being content means we must come to the place where things do not control us. We live in a world where commercialism and marketing pull on our senses and create a discontentment with things we already possess. We feel that we need to have the latest technology or enhanced updates. When we come to the place of being fully content, we define enough as “neither poverty nor riches" and food convenient for the day. Contentment is realizing that we are not necessarily better off with more of this and that. The position of contentment reminds us that we are nothing and have nothing without the Lord. It is the realization that we are in constant need of God’s help at all times in our life.
There is peace in contentment.
The greatest satisfaction in contentment is the peace that we have. Contented people do not wrangle with others for power and possession. They are not in a constant chase of trying to keep up with others. They are not bothered that they do not eat luxurious foods or are not caught up with the chase of pursuing things that do not satisfy. They are at peace with their lot, their lifestyle, and their life. They can sleep at night without anxiety. They enjoy the simple things in life and are thankful that each day is a blessing from God.
A man once saw a bald eagle soaring in circles. The circles began to tighten and the man looked over to see a weasel. Suddenly, the eagle dropped out of the sky like a jet and caught the weasel in its talons. Amazingly, as the eagle began to fly away, the weasel began to eat away at the breast of that eagle. The man watched as the weasel tore away at that eagle, snapping bones and chewing flesh. He watched the eagle fold up and crash, and the weasel went on with his day.
Getting what you want does not always work out the way you think it will. Sometimes, the things we want will ruin us. Be a contented person! Be a person who comes to the place in life where you can say with satisfaction, “It's enough!”
Have a contented God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Ezra 4-7