“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” I Timothy 6:6-8
I like the way Max Lucado describes the word content in his book, In the Grip of Grace: “a state of heart in which you would be at peace if God gave you nothing more than He already has.”
Up until the last two years, I enjoyed traveling. At least a couple of times a year, I was able to attend a Gospel concert with friends. Every year I would go on a road trip a few times to visit family and friends. These were things I looked forward to very much. But Covid changed that completely. I had to learn to be content just staying at home. Thankfully, the singing groups were able to do online concerts, and they were as enjoyable as attending in person. I realize that if I never get to attend another live concert, I have been blessed and have great memories.
As we look around us and see all the blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon us, we realize what a privilege it is to be part of His family, have His Word to read, and His presence with us every day. We do not deserve all His blessings, and we certainly could never repay Him. The apostle Paul expressed it well:
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11.
Contentment is a choice we make. We can either look at the things we don’t have and feel sorry for ourselves, or we can thank God for all the things we do have. The writer of Hebrews gives us good instructions:
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5
Prayer: Jesus, I thank you for all the blessings, spiritual and material, that you have given me. If you never give me anything else, I am content because I know you are there for me every step of the way.
Devotion by Anne Johnston