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Contentment – Not Natural

A man, even in his best moral state, is totally incapable of producing a contentment that goes beyond the degree to which his environment fulfills his desires. It is totally outside the reach of his own resources. It is inherent within the nature of man to continually desire, and seek for more and more; yet, he remains unfulfilled by the inadequate provisions of the natural to meet his desires and even his basic emotional, mental, and spiritual needs. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (I John 2:16). Sin has made contentment conditional upon the gratification of these many forms of selfish lust. This is evident in people at all different levels of society.

Man tries to depend on the natural for contentment without looking to God. He depends upon his environment for contentment. It is no wonder that the Scriptures describe the character of man’s behavior as, “The works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such” (Galatians 5:19-21a). Do not look for contentment in your own resources. It is important for us to know that it is only God who can cause us to be content through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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