Content – Proverbs 12:12

“Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers,
but the root of the righteous bears fruit.”

Proverbs 12:12

It can be so easy to get caught up in worldly ideas of success and gaining material wants. We see everyone else going after them and become discontent with our lot. I’m very thankful that God realizes this, that He understands, and that He sends reminders of where my treasure lies and how bountifully and graciously He has dealt with me.

Dwelling on this verse, it becomes clear that the righteous do not concern themselves with the successes and gains of those around them. They don’t measure success by the same standards. They may rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep, but they do so in purity of heart. Envy has no place in their mindset.

Instead, they trust that God is bearing fruit in their lives of lasting value. This fruit will satisfy and delight as the richest of foods. It comes with inexpressible joy and wonder. It is fruit not of their own making. It is fruit much sweeter and more glorious than they could have imagined. Because the root of the righteous is not themselves—it is Christ Himself, by whom all things were created and in whom all things hold together.

This trust is the mark of the righteous. No longer consumed with keeping up with everyone else. But simply looking to Christ and trusting that their God will be faithful. Faithful to save, faithful to provide, and faithful to satisfy and uphold with His steadfast love. They know that the supreme treasure to be found is Christ, that everything else is loss and rubbish compared to the surpassing worth of knowing Him (Philippians 3:8).

So as discontentment tempts us, we cast off our doubt and hold fast to His truth. We fix our eyes on His glory, believing that, “Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart” (Psalm 73:1). Christ, the root of our lives, the vine from which our abundant life and joy flow, will bear fruit in us. And we will see His infinite, breathtaking glory. “But God, being rich in mercy…made us alive together with Christ…so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-7). Immeasurable riches of God’s grace in kindness toward us. This is what is in store for those who fear and take refuge in our Lord.

“Let not the child of a King, who has an estate beyond the stars, murmur as others…Be happy, brethren, be satisfied and content.” – Charles Spurgeon

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