Zephaniah 3, verses 12 &13, begin with the promise to “leave in your midst a people humble and lowly.” They will never lie, cheat or steal! But the interesting thing about the description of these folks is the last part: “they will eat and lie down and none shall make them afraid.” They will enjoy the daily foods, the safety and security of their homes, and nothing will upset their peace and calm.

True contentment isn’t the product of great wealth. It’s the byproduct of few wants. I like the way David began Psalm 23, “The Lord is My Shepherd, I shall not want.” It’s not the things that we have that make life rich and worthwhile. The wise man knows that contentment is not having everything you want, but enjoying everything you have. Someone said, “Contentment is an elusive commodity in today’s society, yet it is one of the distinguishing marks of the Christian. What determines contentment? Does it depend on circumstances, church or country? Dissatisfaction, discouragement and division are often symptoms of discontentment in our souls. Contentment must be equated with confidence in the sovereignty of the great I AM over His creation.”

Two little teardrops were floating down the river of life. One teardrop asked the other, “Who are you?” “I am a teardrop from a girl who loved a man and lost him. But who are you?” The first teardrop replied, “I am a teardrop from the girl who got him.” Life is like that. We cry over the things we can’t have, but we might cry twice as hard if we had received them. Paul had the right idea when he said, “. . . I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation . . .” (Phil. 4:12, NIV).

“But godliness with contentment is a great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6