It’s natural for people to be discontent; it’s as natural to man as weeds are to the soil. Thorns and thistles don’t need sowing or cultivating. Likewise, men don’t need to be taught how to complain. However, if you want wheat, you must plow and sow. If you are to have flowers, you must have a garden and a gardener. Contentment is one of the flowers of godliness. If we are to have it, it must be cultivated.
To not be content is to question the goodness of God. The first temptation in history was the temptation of discontentment. God withheld only one tree from Adam and Eve to test their obedience. Satan sowed the seeds of discontentment in Eve’s heart; discontentment with her possessions; discontentment with her position. Satan tried the same strategy with Jesus in the wilderness. He sought to make Jesus discontent with His lack of food (possessions). And he sought to make Jesus discontent with His position. In fact, Satan’s fall from heaven was apparently the result of his own discontentment with his position.
Cultivating a thankful heart—the self-conscious giving of thanks to God and those around us—paves the road of contentment. You already occupy a position far greater than you deserve; you are a child of God. You also have far more possessions than you deserve; you are an heir of eternal life. “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” —1 Timothy 6:6-8