"Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content."
Contentment is learned. After wrestling through days of abundance, or need, or both, we come out knowing that God is faithful to His promises. Yet we may still choose to waste days wanting things we do not need, distracted from seeing just how good God is to us.
Lust and covetousness make our journey more difficult than it needs to be. By looking at what others have, and wanting it for ourselves, we are entangling our souls in a weave of comparison that leads to discontentment. If we were to look up from the here and now and realize that we can trust our heavenly Provider to know what we need — and to be sure that we get it when we need it — we could free our hearts to enjoy Him again. This would also move our thoughts forward into the reality of His eternal presence, which one day we will know forever and ever.
Discontentment in a believer’s life comes not so much from not having things we want as it does from not believing that the One who has promised to care for us really does. Discontentment signals a move away from God; therefore, the remedy cannot be found at the outlet mall. Instead, let our discontentment drive us back to our faithful, life-giving, promise-keeping God! (source: copied)