ARE YOU OKAY?

We all seek comfort and as I have said in one of our previous bulletin, it is a godly desire. I think it will be abnormal for any one being not to think and look for a way to make life more comfy. This quest for comfort and order is borne out of our desire for Eden again. But since mankind had been thrown out of the Garden of Eden due to disobedience, our desire and quest for Eden vary as much as human vary. But there is Eden in every one being. Even those born of same parent have different ideal of Eden (an idea of comfort) whereas some may tend towards the acquisition of particular material possession such as cars, houses and luxury goods, others may yearn for material possession in moderations while stuffing their bank account with liquid cash. On the other hand, someone else may just be okay with moderate life while wanting to care for his/her little family, whereas another may prefer a large family etc. From these variations in our quest for Eden, we can infer that it is wrong for one party to covet after what another person has acquired. Why so? The differing ideal of Eden of course! When you desire to the point of coveting what your friend/foe has, it is most unlikely that you will be satisfied after you get it. Because you can never receive the same satisfaction from it that the other person has, moreover, you might not really need it to satisfy your own Eden. You only covet it for a wrong reason, maybe to give you a sense of belonging, as a class symbol or just for plain greed. You will think I am saying you cannot desire what is good that your friend has, far from it, I am only saying it may not satisfy your need and even if it will, if you don’t have the means wait and be patient if it is a need you will have it in your time without putting yourself under undue pressure of debt or covetousness. Covetousness according to Webster Dictionary is, a strong or inordinate desire of obtaining and possessing some
supposed good; usually in a bad sense, and applied to an inordinate desire of wealth or avarice and it is a sin. “Let your conversation (lifestyle) be without covetousness and be content….” (Heb13:5) Obviously from the scripture above, if you covet, you are not content and it is sinful. From the dictionary to be content is, “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. (Webster dictionary) Observe that even the dictionary emphasized contentment to be a state of the mind, meaning contentment is being at peace with you and not necessarily having all things. For the purpose of better understanding, we shall be checking what it means from the Bible using three scriptural references. We shall be quoting from the Amplified Bible Version.

“Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am.” (Phil4:11) Here, the scripture does no say I must be satisfied to the point where I don’t ever want change, but I can be satisfied to the point that I am not anxious, fretting or disturbed. So you may not be satisfied with where you are now, it may be that your peers are ahead of you, but believing God for more does not give you sleepless night that you start thinking God is slow relative to your friends/foes. Simply, contentment is being at peace even when all is not well physically. Secondly, “[And it is, indeed, a source of immense profit, for] godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of inward sufficiency) is great and abundant gain.” (1Tim6:5) It is a point of inward sufficiency and not necessarily having it all. This means you can in the midst of your expectation for a better tomorrow be sufficient in what you have. That is, live within your means, not go a borrowing because you believe God to take you higher, not putting yourself and your family’s finance in disarray to acquire what you cannot at present afford because you don’t want to be left behind, rather it is living without agitation even if what is at hand is not enough. It is being joyful because you know that what is at hand right now is not the end there is still more in stock it is just not seen. Finally, “Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money…. and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support….” (Heb13:5) Contentment in this context is being satisfied with what you have. It was the lack of satisfaction of mankind at the Garden of Eden that made them eat of the fruit that God commanded them not to, once you are not living in self satisfaction, compromise is knocking on your door, it’s a matter of time. Because either the greed for acquisition will lead you to debt which will bring desperation or it will cause you to look for short cut. Not because God will not do it for you, but because you think He is too slow for your liking. Notice, this satisfaction is not without expectation, rather it is with the hindsight that, “God is on my case, so I am not bothered with what I have not got because I know He is working it all out for me” From the various definitions checked, one can conclude that contentment is more of a state of being rather than a state of acquisition. Also, we see that it is a personal state devoid of another. Meaning, to be content, you cannot compare yourself with another. You may like what the other person has, you may wish to have such possessions, you may even wish to be in the same position but not being there and not having what he/she has does not make you uncomfortable. In all you know you are not competing with anyone, and rather you have only yourself to beat. So if there is anyone to make you uncomfortable with where you are, it should be you because only you know your own ideal Eden.

So though you are not where you want to be, you are okay with yourself, you have no low self esteem neither do you covet your brother’s property. God is waiting to bless you, but you must close destructive door of discontentment through gratitude and thanksgiving. He always knows what He is doing. Don’t wait until everything is perfect before you decide to enjoy your everyday life. Be content! Ladies and gentlemen, are

you okay?