The Gift of Contentment

The Joy of Contentment

“There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. ‘For whom am I toiling,’ he asked, ‘and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?’ This too is meaningless— a miserable business!” – Ecclesiastes 4:8 There’s a story I like to think about, and though it’s apocryphal, I believe it sums up perfectly the state in which many of us spend our lives. The tale goes that a very wealthy, Harvard-educated businessman was vacationing in a little village in Mexico. One morning, as he was sitting on the beach, he saw a fisherman approach with a boat full of yellowfin tuna. He complimented the man on his catch, and since it was only 11:00 a.m., he inquired as to whether or not he was done working for the day. When he indicated

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The Gift of Contentment

“But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – John 4:14 As we seek to sum up the stark contrast between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness, one word differentiates them: contentment. Jesus said that He offers living water that brings ultimate fulfillment, yet the world around us continues to seek and strive after every other form of satisfaction. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life tempt society today just as they tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. When the serpent appeared to her, his primary aim was to convince her that God was withholding good things because He didn’t want her to have all that He had. However, that was a lie then and it

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