THE JOY OF CONTENTMENT

MAY 1|SATURDAY
BIBLE READING|PHILIPPIANS 4:10-19

From prison, Paul glowingly writes about the generosity of the Philippians in sending him financial gift. He expresses his heartfelt gratitude, but at the same time he pointed out that God had been meeting his needs. Though he was in a difficult situation, he could still do without their gift because he had learnt contentment by depending on God’s sufficiency alone.

Paul’s life as a lesson in contentment is worthy of emulation in today’s world where greed rules. We want to have more and become more. There is no end to what we want to acquire or possess. We want to impress. We have to prove that we’ve got better taste, furniture, clothing, cars, etc. We sweat to measure up to the facade we are trying to put up. We go into debt to live just a bit better than we can afford. Going down this path, some lose their footing in faith completely and live to regret it bitterly (1 Tim 6:10).

So, what exactly is contentment? Contentment is being satisfied from God’s sufficiency. It means you are at peace with yourself in spite of your situation, acknowledging that God is in control of your situation. When you are contented, you are not anxious or resentful at your present circumstance; you are thankful for what you have and your focus is on
living your life to please God. True godliness with contentment is itself great wealth, says Paul – 1 Timothy 6:6.

Contentment does not mean being mediocre or complacent. As Christians, we can seek to improve ourselves and circumstances by exposing ourselves to the required interventions for such upgrade, but not at the expense of
getting our hearts sunk in the crave for materialism.

PRAYER: Lord God, I ask for peace and contentment in my life. I ask for freedom from financial worries.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR |1 KINGS 10-11 & LUKE 21:20-38

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