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Discover The Remarkable Reason God Created Man With Discontentment

In this article, we delve into the concept of discontentment. It is a curious observation that humans often struggle with a perpetual sense of dissatisfaction. Paradoxically, as we accumulate more, our level of contentment tends to diminish, compelling us to pursue further acquisitions.

This unquenchable desire for more can lead to detrimental outcomes such as addiction, financial instability, and a pervasive sense of unhappiness. Despite our relentless pursuit of wealth and possessions, the irony remains that fulfillment seems to evade us.

This perpetual quest for contentment prompted in me an exploration of biblical scriptures to unravel the underlying reasons behind this innate human trait. First I share with you how man deal with discontentment, then look into it’s root cause. I further provide the biblical solution to this problem and offer my final remarks.

1. How Man Deal With Discontentment

The answer is found in the book of Ecclesiastes. Solomon wrote this book at the latter part of his life and gave his profound observations on discontentment. He laments in Ecclesiastes 1:8 “Everything is wearisome beyond description, no matter how much we see, we are never satisfied, no matter how much we hear, we are not content.”

Solomon endeavored to embrace a workaholic lifestyle, indulging in gourmet cuisine, exquisite wines, constructing opulent palaces, and orchestrating extravagant parties. Despite being the wealthiest individual of his era, he explored every possible avenue to attain contentment. Only to discover the futility of his pursuits. Even amidst his abundance, a sense of unfulfillment lingered, propelling him to seek more.

2. The Root Cause of Discontentment

It is in Ecclesiastes 3:11 where Solomon presents a profound insight into the root cause of discontentment.

“Yet God made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart”

Eternity planted in the human heart is the reason for our perpetual discontentment. The inherent placing of eternity in our hearts requires a type of fulfilment that is eternal in nature. Despite attempts to quell this yearning with transient worldly possessions, the eternity in our hearts persists. This leads us in an endless pursuit of fulfilment.

3. How To Overcome Discontentment

The perpetual longing within the human heart can solely be satisfied by that which is eternal and everlasting i.e. God’s word, “Your word, LORD, is eternal” (Psalm 119:89).

God created us with this feature to enable His presence to occupy our hearts, and this occurs through Jesus Christ. Paul prays this in Ephesians 3:16-17, “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources, he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make home in your hearts as you trust him.”

3.1 Repentance

When we repent and accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we receive the Holy Spirit which allows Christ to make home in our hearts. John 17:22 Jesus prays, “I am in them and you are in me.” When Christ lives in our hearts, he inherently brings God’s presence with him, because God is in Christ. Therefore, when Christ is living in our hearts, we have the eternal living God in our hearts also.

1 Timothy 1:17 reads, “All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies, he alone is God. Amen.” God created human beings with the capacity to host God, the eternal King, in our hearts. It’s no wonder Paul prayed that we may be filled with the fullness of God. We all have the eternal capacity to be filled with the totality and the full essence of God.

While the world focuses on amassing wealth and the like, we rather fix our gaze on the unseen God. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. Everything around us is temporal, but God the eternal King who lives in our hearts is who we seek for.

4. Uncovering God’s Grand Design

God created humanity with eternity in our hearts so that when one hears His word, they can repent and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior who then resides in their heart. He made this grand design and called it beautiful: The mortal man has the capacity to host the immortal God in their heart through Jesus Christ.

From discontentment to having the eternal presence of God

Paul encapsulates this perfectly in 2 Corinthians 4:7, “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.” The light shining in our hearts is God, for God is light (1 John 1:5). We were created in the image of God. And one of God’s attribute is that he is eternal, as such he created us to be like him by creating a place in our hearts to host the eternal God.

5. How Jesus Addressed Our Discontentment

The first beatitude, in Matthew 5:3, addresses this void: Blessed are those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

Being poor means to be empty of the life of God within. It is important for an individual to understand humanity’s fragility and limitations otherwise they will not have a desire to seek God. Seeking God comes from an honest realization that one is weak, foolish, incapable, fragile and more.

The beatitude does not say blessed are the poor who realize their need for money, wealth, real estate, entertainment, and more. We are blessed when we realize our need for God, because only then will we begin to seek Him and His righteousness then all things we desire will be added to us. The most profound of things we desire, knowingly or unknowingly, is the eternal presence of God within us.

6. An Analogy For Discontentment

  • An analogy can be drawn between a baby girl and an individual’s spiritual journey. Just as a baby girl is born with a womb designed for future use in bearing children, every person enters the world with a spiritual void within. This void remains unfulfilled until the moment of repentance and acceptance of Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Savior, filling the emptiness in the heart with his eternal presence
  • The transition from girlhood to womanhood also entail the acceptance of a man who plants a seed within her, leading to the creation of new life within her womb. Similarly, individuals receive and embrace the word of God through sermons, literature, and interactions with others. This word of God acts as a seed sown into the depths of the human heart
  • The seed sown by the man grows within a woman’s womb, culminating in the birth of a child after a 9-month period, bringing new life into the world. In a similar vein, Jesus illustrates this in Luke 8:15, “But the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it and patiently produce a huge harvest.” Moreover, the seed is the word of God that is planted in the human heart, igniting a spiritual rebirth within the individual (John 3:6). As the word of God grows within one’s heart, it yields a final huge harvest of eternal life (John 3:16)
  • In this analogy, the seed symbolizes the sperm, and the harvest represents a baby. Similarly, the seed signifies the word of God, while the huge harvest is eternal life.
  • God made everything beautiful for its own time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). The baby girl is born with a womb for a time when she’ll start having a family. Likewise the eternity planted in our hearts is for a time when we accept God’s eternal word into our hearts.

7. Concluding Remarks

  • We were born with eternity in our hearts; this eternity can only be filled with that which is eternal and that’s God’s word: “Your word, LORD, is eternal.” (Psalm 119:89)
  • The word of God is life’s primary necessity, Jesus said so “Man can not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” It is through the word of God that we accept Christ and he begins to live in our hearts. Read More on how the word of God is a primary element to living a balanced life inspired by Jesus
  • This makes it easy to believe that when we die with Christ in our hearts, we receive eternal life. Our bodies are temporal fragile clay jars but having the eternal God living within us gives us eternal life
  • Jesus when explaining the Parable of the Scattered Seed said in Luke 8:11-12 said, “The seed is God’s word. The seeds that fell on the footpath represent those who hear the message only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved.”
    • The devil knows that once the seed is planted and starts to germinate, he has thus lost the battle over our soul
  • When we hear the voice of God, may we not harden our hearts (Hebrews 3:7). May our hearts be fertile ground for the seed of God’s word to be planted and grow, germinating into a great harvest to be reaped here on earth and into eternity!

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