Contentment is a perception that leads to emotional satisfaction. Contentment is subtle and intangible with much gratification. 1 Timothy 6:6-10 says: “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out of the world. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content”.
Satisfaction is fulfillment of one’s wishes or expectations. People sought satisfactions differently: Kids need toys, students aspire for good grades, adults, need homes and all that makes them fulfilled. There is nothing like permanent satisfaction; satisfaction can be for a specific purpose or for a period of time. Generally, people pursue things they think can bring them much satisfaction. People tend to accumulate things that appear satisfactory. In actual sense, material things can never lead to permanent satisfaction.
Then, what on earth can bring satisfaction? King Solomon: who had it all, blessed by God with wisdom and all the good things on earth and rich in all things was not satisfied. Solomon called all things on earth merely exercises, vexations and vanities. The bible says the wisdoms of men are foolishness and riches are vanity. King Solomon had it all but never satisfied. State of satisfaction is very difficult to actualize. The more you have them, the more the desire to have more. Seeking satisfaction through purpose can be disappointing, exhausting and can bring temptations.
Then: What can satisfy you so that you will entirely want nothing? if Joy, pleasure, happiness and security, etc., cannot lead to satisfaction, what else can make you satisfied. That is why contentment is the main thing; the right state of achievement. Since all material things cannot satisfy. Satisfaction comes with contentment. Be content with the little you have. “ A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous” ( Psalm 37:16-17). Contentment works toward desired satisfaction though not a final bus stop. Contentment eliminates desperation and transforms to peace with little or much you have already.
Here is one thing that can bring you satisfaction. Jesus Christ. Only Christ can truly satisfies. Christ is able to meet all your wants, needs and expectations. “In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11) Jesus satisfies the longing souls. Christ says he is the bread of life. Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35) Therefore, seek Christ first and satisfaction will follow as you seek Christ.