“Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment;”
1 Timothy 6:6 (NRSV)
When the American evangelist D.L. Moody visited Britain in the 19th century, he was asked whether he would be doing anything for the miserably poor. ‘Yes’, he said, ‘and I hope also to do something for the miserably rich.’
Many people think that if they had just 10% more in worldly wealth their needs would be met and they would be contented and happy. Sadly this is not the case. We see thefts, sometimes combined with violence, on a mega-scale. Why is this? It is because our values are purely on the materialistic level. We leave God out of the picture. Jesus Himself told us “do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’…But strive first for the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:31, 33).
We live in a society that ridicules anything spiritual and it is so easy for us to get caught up in it ourselves. Is that not why depression and frustration are so prevalent? But there is good news for us. Paul told Timothy and ourselves not to leave God out of our lives. When He is given first place, then we should have no anxieties about our physical wants and needs.
Let’s remind ourselves though – it isn’t easy. But again, God has the answer. To the Corinthians Paul wrote, “No testing has overtaken you except what is common to everyone. God is faithful; he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you can endure it” (I Corinthians 10:13).
So let’s not allow ourselves to become miserable just because we may not have what we want. Let us look to God to supply our physical and, even more importantly, our spiritual needs and we shall have that peace and contentment that only He can give. And then we shall be truly happy.
Lord God, it is so easy for us to become depressed and downcast by the world that we live in. Help us to stay close to You and live peaceful lives of godliness and contentment. In the Name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.
Study by Christopher Reeve
About the Author:
Chris Reeve is assistant pastor of the Invicta (Blean) Congregation, which is part of Grace Communion International/Worldwide Church of God UK, where his wife, Hilary accompanies him.
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