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 6:6-8
Where is contentment found? Most people search for it their entire lives, yet rarely find it. People acquire mass amounts of money and things, but still end up looking beyond the horizon for more. It is an endless search in a world of endless options where nothing we acquire is able to deliver on its promise to make us happy. However, no matter how elusive it may appear, contentment is a real, tangible thing that can become ours. The problem is that it can never be found on the golden streets of the material world where most of us are looking. Instead, it is discovered when our hearts meets the heart of God, and we realize that nothing can touch his greatness.
In the presence of God, the riches of this world fade into nothingness, and our earthly vision is overtaken with a vastly superior spiritual one. The things we once held so dear become like dust before our eyes, worthless and inconsequential, waiting to be swept away so God’s true brilliance can shine through. The material idols that we once bowed down to now appear cheap and meaningless as we stand in awe before a Creator who made us to be a reflection of his glory. Any substitutes that we try to squeeze into our lives can never fulfill our greatest, innate need to be in relationship with the one who made us and is the author of our hope.
How secure we stand with God our father through his son Jesus Christ. We can go about life with such peace in our hearts that even during our greatest trials, we can know that all is well with our souls. Furthermore, during the most routine, monotonous aspects of our lives, we can still brim with joy and contentment because our enthusiasm for life isn’t driven through our next exciting event or adventure, but through the power of a life lived for his purposes. How ironic that the most valuable things in life are so freely given, while the inconsequential material things of the world demand such a high price. Let’s choose today to serve the one who always leads us in ways everlasting!
To hear amazing teaching on the subject of contentment, visit Truth for Life with Alistair Begg. The following links will take you directly to his two part series on this subject: