Your Question # 34
[#34] Hello, My question is about being content, I’m 21 still single, living with my dad and driving his truck. I have a desire to get my own house, my own truck and have a wife one day. I’d like to start a business because right now I make about $100 a week at my job and I love to give so that’s not enough for me to give like I want, get my own house and a truck. I mean these things aren’t wrong according to the Bible but the Bible also says be content, so how do I be content? I mean to fit the definition of content a person would literally have to want absolutely nothing. Thank you for your help.
Thank you for your question. first I commend you for wanting to follow Christ in all areas of your life. I have often told my congregation, the problem with most of us is we haven't learned to be content, even IF we have all we want. As you know, things will never satisfy what God has put into our heart, and that is the desire to know and love Him, and to serve Him in all areas We must learn to be content with what He provides us to do that. There are some principles and counsel I offer, but I also say, pray about everything before you begin.
First and foremost, remember "The tithe is the Lord's". If you are already a tithing Christian, good for you. Malachi 3:8-10 speaks to this, and about God's blessing to His children when they are obedient in this area.
Second, wanting to move out and be a man on your own is commendable. Thank your father and tell him how grateful you are to him for allowing you to stay. Ask his counsel, let him know that you want to be on your own and prove yourself as a man, and be patient with you as you move to this goal.
Thirdly, don't rush getting into debt, and definitely don't rush to find a wife. God will make all things happen for your good in His time as you trust in Him. Isaac did not find Rebekah and marry her until he was 40. He obviously proved himself faithful and was content, to keep himself pure, and waited for God to provide. (I'm not hinting you have to wait that long to find a good woman now).
Fourth, If you have a high school education, just a suggestion, you may want to look into the military. They have great programs for training, education benefits, and the money is a lot better today that when I first joined in 1969. I retired from the Army as a Chaplain in 2014. I joined the Marine Corps in 1969 at 17. (Of course I had a break when I got out and went to college and seminary before I went into the Army). IF you don't want to go full time, ask about the reserve program. You still get the training for the field you want to go in, and only drill once a month, two weeks a year, etc. NOT trying to recruit you, but offer other opportunities to consider for training and education. After four years you may have $$ saved, that vehicle you want, and experience in a trade for you to get a good job when you get out. To get to your end goal of starting your own business (and making it successful) you may have to make sacrifices now to get the training and experience you need for later.
The bible says to be content which simply means, don't live a covetous life, wanting this and that, spending all your time and income chasing 'things' of the world and not have any time to serve the Lord. I believe you may already have that concept by the nature of your question.
Ask yourself if this is the desire of your heart: "Delight thyself also in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart." PS 37:4-7.
Finally, Mt 6:33 "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these THINGS shall be added unto you." Trust, Follow, Obey" God will care for the rest.
I hope this helps, God bless