Contentment-

May 30, 2024 | Encouragement

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world,
and we can take nothing out of it.
But if we have food and clothing,
we will be content with that.”
1 Timothy 6:6-9

 

Last night, as the sun cast its setting rays upon the floorboards of the deck on the west side of our home,

my husband read these words from: 1 Timothy 6:6-9 as we shared in our family devotions.

The scripture speaks of contentment and I have addressed this subject before on the blog.

My day involved meeting with a friend over lunch in nearby quaint and beautiful Ridgeway. Then attending to some appointments on my schedule for the day. My husband was manicuring our neighbour’s lawn and our own.

With sunshine streaming down on us and a good day behind us it was hard not to be thankful.

I remember discussing the subject of contentment in a Bible study I attend. Many of those who attended there agreed that the human spirit seems to be restless. Even those who find their everything in God still wrestle with having a contented spirit.

I pondered this for a while again and came to this conclusion.

We live in an imperfect world. Sometimes boredom, impatience, comparison or lack of gratitude can spur on this spirit of restlessness. I suppose we will only find complete rest when we go home to be with Jesus in heaven.

Augustine of Hippo famously quoted, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

Perhaps we are not allowing our hearts to rest in our Lord when we wrestle with discontent? The first part of the Bible Verses quoted above states, “godliness…” with contentment is great gain. So it goes hand in hand as we work toward godliness or Christian action and character that we will find fulfillment in life.

Instead of being restless within and dwelling on our thoughts too long we need to do what Solomon wrote about in Ecclesiastes 5:20, and the New King James Bible Version says it so well…

“For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.”

There you have it in a nutshell. A golden nugget of truth for those with unsettled hearts and disquieted souls.

If we are honest, we will admit we can all find ourselves unsettled within sometimes. We let little vexations lodge in our bosoms for far too long, sometimes in the process we defeat ourselves. Aren’t we our own worst enemies sometimes? The world, our own flesh (which means our thinking patterns too) and the devil can bring us down if we don’t fight fire with the Word of God.

Let us meditate on words such as these from Psalm 46:10…
“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Daily, we must saturate ourselves in God’s Word to remind us of the promises we have in Him. He promises to give us stillness of soul, only as we rest in Him. Those were the words at my brother’s funeral in 2016, and they gave our family peace. We certainly grieved the loss of our dear sibling, but through God’s Word, we found peace. I suppose that is why the Bible instructs us to meditate on it day and night.

“But his delight IS in the law of the LORD; and in his law, he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:2.

So as we all wrestle our way through life, sometimes contented to the fullest, other times disquieted within, let us find our souls rest in the LORD and in His Word.

As we work towards godliness, it is great gain, too.

May Thursdays thoughts encourage you today.

Liz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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