What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? – James 4:1
What does contentment provide us? There are tangible benefits of contentment.
First, contentment allows us to enjoy where we are, rather than where we want to be.
My wife and I go on vacation every year usually to see our kids and grandkids. The closer it gets, the more I think about it. “In five months, I will be there.” “In three months, I will be there.” “ ln two weeks, I will be there.” Finally, the day comes. We get on the airplane and arrive at our destination. And you know what? My first thought is, “I only have ten days left here.” Then I start counting down. “Only nine days left.” “Only eight days left.”
We all suffer from what people call “destination sickness.” We think, “When I get to a certain place, then I will be happy.” But it never works out that way.
Second, contentment allows us to appreciate rather than resent other people. James asked a penetrating question: “What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you?.” (4:1).
What causes people to feud and fight? What causes a man to leave his wife after 30 years of marriage? What causes a
Christian to instigate a lawsuit against another Christian? What causes a church to split over styles and tastes? Most conflicts,
James says, are due to “your pleasures that wage war in your members” (4:1).
Most conflicts arise from a lack of contentment.