Much sin originates from discontentment. Discontentment boils down to not being happy with what we have, who we are, or Who God is. What we have are possessions, wealth, health, and family. Who we are is employment, education, intelligence, appearance. Who God is is our religion. When we are discontent, we are saying to God, “I’m not satisfied with You, who You made me, or what You have given me.”
God wants us to be content with who He is, who we are, and what He has given us. Hebrews 13:5 states, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” God wants the Christian to be satisfied with Him because from Him the Christian receives identity, true religion, and all things.
The church at Corinth was discontent with their relationship with God; they chose to elevate men to the place of God by creating cliques that focused upon personalities. Paul wrote to them in 1 Corinthians 3:21-23, “Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come—all are yours. And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.” By my belonging to Christ and God, all things are mine through Him.
Discontentment is a lack of faith. In 1 Timothy 6:17 Paul writes, “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.” God is the greatest giver and He gives richly all things to enjoy; let’s be content with Him.