October 28, 2005


1 Timothy 6:6-10 "Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs."

Godliness with contentment is great gain. This is such a foreign concept to us—or at least to me. I worry so much about money and money-related things. But never once in my life have I gone hungry or had to worry about having clothing to wear.

But this passage goes on to include a warning about not finding contentment. It says that those who seek riches fall into many "harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction." Contentment is obviously the cure for these troubles.

May I continually seek riches in the grace of God and contentment in that which he provides.