Being content with what we have is one of the keys to overcoming materialism and greed in our lives. God promised us that He would provide everything we needed, such as food, water, and clothing. Here's what Jesus promised us in Matthew 6:31-33, "Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." When we want something more, it drives us to anxiousness, and it takes away our joy of enjoying the blessings that God has given us.
The apostle Paul said these words in Philippians 4:11-13, "I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength." Our contentment in life does not come from having the material things that we want but from pursuing God in our life. The more we seek God and live for Him, the more we will become content in our life. There was a man who accumulated so much debt because of materialism. Although he was making a good salary, it seemed he didn't have enough. He was living from paycheck to paycheck. But when he came to know God, he realized that his material possessions were no longer his identity, but in God, he started to pursue God and not on the things of this world. As a result, he was able to pay off his debt and live a comfortable and godly life. Today, he has more to give and help others in the kingdom of God.
Let us be content with what God has provided us today. And if we lack something, let us trust our Lord to provide us with our needs. Let us be content that we may enjoy the blessings that God has given us. Let us not allow the material things of this world to blind our eyes to see all the blessings that God has provided for us.
Ask yourself these questions: Am I content with what I have right now? What does it mean to be content? Am I willing to be content with what I have?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you for your provision in my life. Please rescue me from materialism and help me to be content with what you have given me. Thank you that my identity is in you and not with the possessions that I have. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.