Contentment is defined as, “a state of being happy, satisfied; ease of mind.” Contentment is something that most people seek for, but few people seem to find. The problem with finding contentment is that most people are looking for it in the wrong place. Many people think that acquiring material possessions will make them content with their lives. There are two main problems with this approach. First, when our focus is on material possessions, we will never be able to accumulate enough. In Ecclesiastes 5:10 Solomon said, “He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase.” And as Jesus said in Luke 12:15 “one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Secondly, material things are temporary in nature and can be taken away at any time. The apostle Paul instructed Timothy to command that we not “trust in uncertain riches” (1 Timothy 6:17) and in Proverbs 23:5 Solomon asks the question, “Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven.” It is foolish to look for contentment in something which may be gone tomorrow. The main problem with finding contentment is that people believe that it is something to be found or acquired; instead, contentment is a lesson to be learned. In Philipians 4:11 Paul says, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” This statement of Paul’s is especially noteworthy when you consider the fact that he was a prisoner when he wrote it. Paul was able to be content in spite of his physical situation because he was able to say, “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” (2 Timothy 1:12). Paul trusted in God and could be content and so can we. “Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6). “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” (Hebrews 13:5).