A GOOD BOOKS STUDY BY ANNE WOODCOCK
We live in a society that thrives on discontent. Through a multitude of
different ways—advertising, celebrity gossip, makeover shows—people make
money out of other people’s discontent. It’s no surprise then that we all
know what it is to lack contentment in our lives—with what we have, how
much we can get, what we do, who we live with, what we are like and
what the future promises.
The constant hunger for something more may seem like the aches and pains
of growing old—something that we must just put up with in this far-from perfect world. But the Bible also shows that discontent is the symptom of a lethal disease that will kill us if we do not find a cure. It was discontent that first led humans into rebellion against God, with the catastrophic
consequences that have followed from that decision.
Even when we come to know God as our loving Father through Jesus Christ,
one of the Christian’s greatest struggles is fighting the temptation to be
discontent. The stakes are high—a discontent Christian will become a
negative influence on other Christians, a poor witness for the Lord Jesus
Christ, depressed and resentful towards God and distracted from the gospel.
Ultimately, discontent in the church leads to false teaching and loss of faith.
Yet Jesus Christ promises that anyone who believes in Him will never again
hunger or thirst. The apostle Paul was able to say that he had learned the
secret of being content in any and every situation—in need or in plenty.
Discontent is a problem of our hearts, not our circumstances. This Good
Book Guide can help us to understand why we become discontented, how
Jesus Christ alone can help us, and on a practical level, how Christian living
can bring the treasure of contentment to our daily lives.
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