Is there such a thing as good discontentment? Is it ever okay for Christians to be discontent?
I’d say the answer is yes and no.
No, discontentment with God’s provision is never good. We are commanded to be content in all circumstances and to put our joy and peace in Christ alone for satisfaction.
But if by discontentment, you mean restlessness, then that can be okay. Better than okay, I believe there is an unsettledness that’s holy and anticipation that’s healthy.
For example, I’m getting married in a month. Being engaged is fun, but I am really looking forward to being married. I’m looking with anticipation to our marriage and am not satisfied to be engaged forever. That’s because this season is pointing forward to a better season.
Today in my devotions, I read Revelation 20-22. In those chapters, we see the coming of the New Heavens and the New Earth. We see redemption, recreation, and renewal of our world — all the ugly and broken is stripped away and replaced by the perfect and beautiful.
At the end of the last chapter, we see John crying out in anticipation of this world. He says, “Come, Lord Jesus!” That’s because he (and we) should be restless for that world — restless for an end to the suffering and sin, restless for the day when we get to dwell with God and worship with pure hearts.
C.S. Lewis said, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another one.”
There should be something within us that cries, “This world is not our home.” Idolizing comfort and distracting ourselves with apathy are no ways for Christians to live.
And so it’s okay to be discontent. If you’re discontent with sin. If you’re discontent with suffering.
If you’re looking forward to the New Heavens and New Earth with passionate anticipation because you know that’s the world you were made for.