Have you ever put these two words together? Discontentment and disobedience were the words the Holy Spirit connected for me. I doubt that I had ever thought of them together before. It really grabbed my attention and I thought about them off and on throughout that day.
We know that satan has weapons to destroy our faith. He knows that our faith is essential to our endurance. Paul called them ‘wiles’ in Ephesians 6:11. He encouraged his readers to, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
We gain essential understanding from Ephesians 2:2 about how we were before salvation. It says, “In which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.”
Discontentment leads to disobedience. When we disobey the Lord, that opens the door for satan to work through our disobedience against God and others. Beware when niggling thoughts of discontent wiggle in. They are spiritual parasites looking for a place to embed. Note: a parasite lives off its host.
Think of these sins: adultery, fornication, jealousy, envy, lust, and stealing. What do they have in common? Discontent. They see something they don’t have and allow their desire for it to overtake them. Each one of these sins goes against God’s written word.
Psalm 119:36 says, “Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness.” Hebrews 13:5 says, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.”
Let’s think about David for a moment. God chose him to be the king because he was a man after God’s heart. Yet David got derailed because of covetousness. He was supposed to be leading his army in battle. Instead he stayed home.
He saw and coveted Bathsheba. When he found out who her husband was, he made preparations for him to be killed. Uriah was one of David’s 37 mighty men! He lied. He destroyed his honor. He sinned against God.
Paul said he learned to be content. It is a lesson we all must learn. A thought of discontent is satan’s strategic fiery dart. The only way to counter that attack is through our faith.
Ephesians 6:16 says, “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench ALL the fiery darts of the wicked one.” Isaiah 59:19 says, “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”
That ‘standard’ is God’s word hidden in our heart. The Holy Spirit brings it into our mind so that we might use it as a defensive weapon. As we repeat it our faith is increased. We are empowered to stand and to keep on standing in the face of the dart of discontentment. 1 Timothy 6:6 says, “Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” Notice ‘now’ is present tense. Is this verse hidden in your heart?