The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary defines “content” as
Rest or quietness of the mind in the present condition; satisfaction which holds the mind in peace, restraining complaint, opposition, or further desire, and often implying a moderate degree of happiness.
“If you are not CONTENT with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled!”
A W Pink writes that
Contentment is the product of a heart resting in God…It is the blessed assurance that God does all things well and is, even now, making all things work together for my ultimate good.Thomas Wat
Thomas Watson adds that
Contentment lies within a man, in the heart and the way to be comfortable is not by having our barrels filled, but our minds quieted!
Theodore Epp comments that…
Nowhere does the Bible suggest that we should be content with unsatisfactory conditions. But because of our personal relationship with Christ we can be content in them. As different situations arise and we learn our lessons one after another, we will also find it possible to be content in every situation.
A W Tozer said,
The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One.” A Puritan sat down to his meal and found that he had only a little bread and some water. His response was to exclaim, “What? All this and Jesus Christ too!
The soul that sets up its rest, and makes it its great concernment to walk humbly with God, is brought to His foot, bent to His will, is ready for His disposal; and whatever God does in the world with himself, his, or others, he hath peace and quietness in it. His own will is gone, the will of God is his choice; his great concernment lies not in anything that can perish, that can be lost.
When a man shall see, in the worst state and condition, that his great concernment is safe; that though all is lost, God, who is all, is not lost; that this can never be taken from him;—it fills his heart with delight. Is he in prosperity? he fears not the loss of that which he most values. Is he in adversity? yet he can walk with God still; which is his all. He can therefore glory in tribulations, rejoice in afflictions;—his treasure, his concernment is secure. (from sermon entitled Of Walking Humbly With God)
The richest person is the one who is contented with what he has.
Many Christians find it difficult to be content because we typically focus, not on what we do have, but on what we lack!
Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have.
When you can think of yesterday without regret and tomorrow without fear, you are near contentment.
A Christian is one who does not need to consult his bank balance to see how wealthy he is.
A contented person is one who enjoys the scenery along the detour.