By Guy R. Finnie
The injunction we read in Hebrews 13:5, ‘Be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee’ suggests that there is a tendency towards an attitude of discontentment in the church’s life. In every church, in every Christian, in every person there often appears evidence of a spirit of discontentment. Sooner or later, some word is spoken which shows that there is a desire for things to be other than as they are.
This is not surprising. Although God made us for perfection, we are not perfect. And the world which once was ‘very good’ in God’s sight is now ‘made subject to vanity, not willingly . . .’ [Rom 8.20]. In other words, the whole framework of a fallen creation and of our environment is conducive to discontentment. Life itself bears the tensions of this fundamental disappointment. Furthermore, the Bible, which so marvellously reflects our human distress at every point, is a veritable gallery of discontentment. But there are two sorts of discontentment. There is a spiritual discontentment and a carnal discontentment... (read more)