1. It will consume you.
It creeps in subtly in your thought life. Those little “Oh I wish I had that…” thoughts are the seeds of discontentment. Discontentment creeps in in seemingly small ways, but the effects of it are devastating. Unchecked discontentment becomes consuming. Stop discontentment at the smallest jealous thought.
2. It will consume your prayer life.
It is ok to pray constantly about your struggle. But what I realized is that I was praying the wrong prayer. I was asking the Lord over and over again for the thing I wanted. But what I needed to be praying for was that I would have the right attitude. Even if I never got what I wanted.
3. It is ugly.
Discontentment will reveal parts of your heart that you didn’t know were there. The Lord allows hard things in our lives to show us our depravity and our desperate need for Him.
4. It’s the opposite of thankfulness.
Discontentment is essentially saying that you don’t want what the Lord has given you.
5. It never stops being a problem.
It is a constant battle. We are in a life-long war with this sin issue. Struggles with sin help us develop perseverance in pursuing Christ-likeness.
6. When you are doing “good,” it’s lying in wait.
We remember to pray when we are struggling. But how about the moments where life is easy, when the struggle isn’t there? When our guard is down, we are the most vulnerable to temptation.
7. If you get want you want, it is never enough.
When I was single, I wanted a boyfriend. When I was dating, I wanted to be engaged. And so on, and so forth. It doesn’t go away when you get what you want. The heart problem is still there.
It is so easy to become bitter or discouraged over the battle with discontentment. But we have to change our perspective. The Lord allows trials and struggles in our lives to reveal our sin and to conform us to His image. In His gracious plan, He wants us to be more like Him. He wants us to count all things as loss for the sake of knowing Him. Let us persevere in pursuing Christ-likeness and thank Him for loving us.