In the world we live in, being content is not always easy. We have the option to turn to worldly fixes for our stressful moments. While those fixes may help for a while, they are all temporary. So, where do you turn to for comfort and a new perspective on being content no matter what is going on around you?
The Bible contains so many encouraging verses on finding true happiness. But God’s Word goes beyond encouraging. His words are truly transformative when you allow them to sink into your soul. A changed heart brings a changed perspective, and a changed perspective brings true contentment.
20 Impactful Bible Verses on Contentment
11 I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself. 12 I know how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. 13 I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.
4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
5 Keep your life free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for he himself has said, I will never leave you or abandon you.
8 Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.
16 The little that the righteous person has is better than the abundance of many wicked people.
13 Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. 14 But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again. In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up in him for eternal life.”
1 Timothy 6: 6-16
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out. 8 If we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. 9 But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
10 The one who loves silver is never satisfied with silver, and whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with income. This too is futile.
13 Happy is a man who finds wisdom and who acquires understanding,
32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
11 If they listen and serve him,
they will end their days in prosperity
and their years in happiness.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
6 Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.
3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
2 He let's me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths bringing honor to his name.
2 You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and wage war. You do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and don’t receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.
19 And my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me,
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
Rely On God's Promises to Bring You Contentment
Over and over again, God reassures us when we are rooted in Him, He will provide all we need. Keep in mind worldly needs may differ from what the Bible says we need. What you want isn't necessarily what you need. The more we are in tune with Scripture, the easier it is to know the difference. We gain so much more than "stuff" when we find our contentment only comes from Christ.
When we learn to rely on God's promises, we have the abililty to tap into His strength. That very strength is what gives us the ability to be content whether we are on top of the highest mountain or in the lowest valleys of life. Take the time to stay grounded in God's Word, and contentment just comes naturally. The benefits of contentment far outweigh anything we can gain in this world.
When you need a reminder of Godly contentment, here is a full list of verses to turn to. Print this list and tuck it somewhere special for the days you need extra encouragement.