1 Timothy 6:6-8 NIV
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.
Philippians 4:12-13 NLT
I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Over these last few months, God has been teaching me about contentment, “having quiet happiness and satisfaction”. It isn’t always easy! Many of us are fortunate to have the daily basics like food and clothes (unlike many others in the world), yet we still find it hard to be satisfied and simply thankful, knowing “the secret of living in every situation” as Paul did, in a state of trusting contentment. Instead, we fill our thoughts with “what ifs” and “if onlys”, which bring only stress and frustration.
Paul reminds us that we only have real contentment through Jesus. It seems that “godliness with contentment” doesn’t come easily but as we look to Jesus, He gives us strength to be content, enabling us to
- be grateful to God for all that He has given, big or small
- be aware that He is present in every moment of our lives, whether they are good, bad or “blah” times
- look beyond our own needs, so that we might be a source of blessing to others
- trust in His faithfulness for all circumstances, that He will do “immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine”
Prayer: Lord, help me to learn the secret of contentment, to be satisfied in you, no matter what happens. As you give me your strength, Lord Jesus, help me to be aware of your constant presence, provision and protection, enabling me to be free of the anxieties of needless “what ifs”.