Over the past few years I’ve come to the conclusion that our society lives in a constant state of discontentment.
Our house is too small, our TV is an older model and our smartphone doesn’t have the latest 5G technology. So what’s a person to do in order to find contentment in such a restless world, and why can’t we seem to find the contentment that we’re looking for?
We’re not happy with our leaders, with our spouse, our children, or the things that we have.
Many of us are trying to fill a void of some kind in our lives, and unfortunately we try to fill that void with things that can’t satisfy.
We look to fill the void with possessions or money, but we only end up wanting more. We try to fill it with relationships or sex, but we end up feeling even more empty and depressed than when we started.
Wealth is “like seawater: the more you drink, the thirstier you become.” – philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer
All of these things we try to fill our lives with aren’t necessarily bad things, but when they become the end goals, and the reason for our being, we end up being discontent because those things were never meant to fulfill us.
Romans 8:28 ESV / 1,245 helpful votes
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Matthew 28:19-20 ESV / 1,163 helpful votes
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Romans 12:2 ESV / 1,113 helpful votes
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Psalm 138:8 ESV / 1,067 helpful votes
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 ESV / 1,040 helpful votes
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
Walking In Your Purpose Scriptures
1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV / 904 helpful votes
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Matthew 5:13-16 ESV / 713 helpful votes
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Jeremiah 1:5 ESV / 597 helpful votes
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Psalm 57:2 ESV / 595 helpful votes
I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
Philippians 4:13 ESV / 539 helpful votes
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Matthew 6:33 ESV / 518 helpful votes
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Habakkuk 2:3 ESV / 507 helpful votes
For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.
Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 500 helpful votes
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Job 22:21 ESV / 480 helpful votes
“Agree with God, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.
Ephesians 1:11 ESV / 470 helpful votes
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 425 helpful votes
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Psalm 73:26 ESV / 411 helpful votes
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Romans 12:1-5 ESV / 353 helpful votes
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Mark 12:30-31 ESV / 353 helpful votes
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Proverbs 19:21 ESV / 350 helpful votes
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
2 Timothy 1:9 ESV / 347 helpful votes
Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,
Ezra 10:4 ESV / 324 helpful votes
Arise, for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it.”
Micah 6:8 ESV / 321 helpful votes
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV / 313 helpful votes
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Exodus 9:16 ESV / 313 helpful votes
But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.
John 14:6 ESV / 312 helpful votes
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV / 305 helpful votes
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Psalm 90:12 ESV / 297 helpful votes
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
What Is Our Purpose on Earth According To The Bible Verse
Revelation 4:11 ESV / 286 helpful votes
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
Ecclesiastes 12:13 ESV / 257 helpful votes
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
Job 42:2 ESV / 253 helpful votes
“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
Isaiah 55:11 ESV / 239 helpful votes
So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Psalm 119:105 ESV / 228 helpful votes
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Isaiah 46:10 ESV / 218 helpful votes
Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
Colossians 3:23 ESV / 210 helpful votes
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
1 John 1:9 ESV / 200 helpful votes
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Proverbs 20:5 ESV / 193 helpful votes
The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Genesis 1:26 ESV / 192 helpful votes
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
John 6:35 ESV / 185 helpful votes
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 3:16 ESV / 184 helpful votes
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Matthew 16:25 ESV / 176 helpful votes
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Revelation 21:4 ESV / 175 helpful votes
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 159 helpful votes
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
John 16:33 ESV / 159 helpful votes
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Romans 12:1 ESV / 158 helpful votes
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Proverbs 15:22 ESV / 157 helpful votes
Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.
Isaiah 43:7 ESV / 156 helpful votes
Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV / 152 helpful votes
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Walking In Your Purpose Scriptures KJV
Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV / 152 helpful votes
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
John 5:30 ESV / 148 helpful votes
“I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.
Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 148 helpful votes
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. …
Philippians 2:12-13 ESV / 147 helpful votes
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Philippians 4:7 ESV / 142 helpful votes
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 ESV / 142 helpful votes
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
Romans 6:23 ESV / 140 helpful votes
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Proverbs 12:15 ESV / 139 helpful votes
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
John 8:12 ESV / 135 helpful votes
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
1 John 2:17 ESV / 129 helpful votes
And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
John 16:13 ESV / 129 helpful votes
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
John 15:5 ESV / 128 helpful votes
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Proverbs 3:5 ESV / 127 helpful votes
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Hebrews 12:1 ESV / 121 helpful votes
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
Job 32:8 ESV / 121 helpful votes
But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.
Galatians 1:15 ESV / 120 helpful votes
But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace,
Philippians 1:6 ESV / 118 helpful votes
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Acts 1:8 ESV / 118 helpful votes
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Romans 8:1-39 ESV / 116 helpful votes
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. …
1 Corinthians 1:27 ESV / 115 helpful votes
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
Ephesians 3:20 ESV / 114 helpful votes
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,
Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 113 helpful votes
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
1 Peter 4:10 ESV / 111 helpful votes
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
Ephesians 5:15 ESV / 110 helpful votes
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,
Psalm 100:1-5 ESV / 108 helpful votes
A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
John 10:10 ESV / 107 helpful votes
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
John 17:4 ESV / 101 helpful votes
I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.
Isaiah 14:24 ESV / 101 helpful votes
The Lord of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand,
James 1:27 ESV / 100 helpful votes
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James 1:12 ESV / 99 helpful votes
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Scriptures on Purpose And Vision
Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 95 helpful votes
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV / 94 helpful votes
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
Isaiah 26:3 ESV / 93 helpful votes
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Psalm 19:1 ESV / 93 helpful votes
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Ephesians 1:5 ESV / 92 helpful votes
He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
Mark 8:35 ESV / 92 helpful votes
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-18 ESV / 89 helpful votes
We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, …
1 Corinthians 2:9-13 ESV / 89 helpful votes
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
John 14:27 ESV / 89 helpful votes
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Genesis 1:1-31 ESV / 89 helpful votes
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. …
Acts 13:36 ESV / 88 helpful votes
For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption,
Luke 18:1-8 ESV / 86 helpful votes
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” …
Matthew 25:14-30 ESV / 86 helpful votes
“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. …
Proverbs 16:4 ESV / 86 helpful votes
The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.
John 3:16-17 ESV / 85 helpful votes
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Proverbs 3:1-7 ESV / 85 helpful votes
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. …
Psalm 8:6 ESV / 84 helpful votes
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,
John 14:21 ESV / 81 helpful votes
Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
Acts 20:24 ESV / 80 helpful votes
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Proverbs 3:6 ESV / 77 helpful votes
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
1 Corinthians 10:1-33 ESV / 74 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful
For I want you to know, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. …
Philippians 2:5 ESV / 73 helpful votes
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,