TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, January 18, 2019:
Satisfied; at ease in mind; happy; wanting no more.
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
I Timothy 6:6-7.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The apostle Paul wrote the two verses above, one to the church at Philippi and one to Timothy to help them understand the true meaning of contentment and how to find it. Paul was well educated and held an esteemed position as a Pharisee, yet he willingly gave it all up to serve his Lord and Savior and to preach the message of salvation to the multitudes. As a result, he lived a hard life traveling from place to place, with no home and often without food, and suffering great persecution.
So why was he able to write that he could be content in all circumstances? It was because he had learned to rely on God for his contentment. Rather than focusing on what he didn’t have he focused on what he did have. He had God’s power to strengthen him to face whatever circumstance He was in, whether he had plenty or whether he was in great need.
As believers we need to learn to trust in the Lord for contentment as Paul did. When God is blessing us with abundance we are to be content in Him. When we are in a state of crises we are to be content in Him. This is a difficult principle to learn but this is what God wants of us as believers and children of God. It is always easy to be content when all is going well but most difficult in a time of crisis.
In Philippians 4:12-13 Paul said that he had learned the secret of being content. The secret he says is, “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength”.
We see people all around us today looking to find contentment. Many people spend every moment of their free time sitting in a chair, eating food and watching the television or surfing the web on the computer. For them this is contentment. When the cable or the computer goes out they quickly get frustrated and there goes there contentment.
There are others that are content only when they are working and making money. For others contentment is going places or doing “fun” things. These things are very temporal and do not bring contentment that satisfies for very long.
We all know people that are never content. They seem to constantly be complaining. They seem to be lonely and unfulfilled and searching for happiness. They always want more but when they get it they are still not happy. They are basically a “pain in the neck” to their families and friends. The word contentment does not seem to be in their vocabulary, because they have never learned to trust in the Lord and not on “things.”
As believers in Jesus we need to realize that the verse above from I Timothy is so very true. We brought nothing into this world and it is certain that we will carry nothing out. Whatever we have has been given to us from God. When we are thankful for what we have we will be content in whatever state we are in.
We have no control over crises that we may face like earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, civil wars or other disasters. God has a reason that He allows us to go through these situations. We may find ourselves in circumstances we are not content to be in but, God will protect us and bless us even in the worst of circumstances if we stay true to Him.
One final thought concerning contentment. We have talked above about being content in whatever situation we are in. But we would like to look at the word contentment from a different perspective. Is there a danger in becoming overly content?
God does not want us to get so content that we become complacent and neglect doing what he has called us to do. What is it that God has called us to do? “Go ye into the world and preach the good news to all creation” Mark 16:15. What is the good news? God loves us so much He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for our sins that all those who believe can be forgiven and live eternally with God (John 3:16).
Only as believer’s spread God’s message of love and salvation will others come to know the contentment that comes from knowing Jesus and trusting in His power to enable them to do all things through His strength.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I Peter 5:7.
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
It is my prayer today that I be content no matter what I face today knowing that You are my Savior and Lord and that You are with me in all circumstances. May I be a leader of my family showing them how to be content in You through every situation, good or bad, that we may face. Thank You Lord for the contentment I have because of Your promise to supply all my needs according to Your riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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