1 Timothy 6:6-9 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.”
The first verse for today, reminds us of when we studied those verses in Philippians. Let us be reminded that we should seek to be content no matter what state we may be in, always relying on the Lord our God, Trusting in Him, making our requests known to Him through Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour, Knowing that He takes care of His Children! As reminded in Philippians 4:11 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Godliness in itself is wonderful, so is being content at all times. Yet both of them together is an even greater thing. If we are godly in Christ Jesus our Lord, seeking and following His Word in our Lives, and walking in the Spirit as we have received our Lord Jesus Christ, we will suffer so many attacks, and we will suffer so many temptations throughout our lives. Yet let us be content! As we saw in the Word of God yesterday, we should not seek to be rich. If we have no money, let us be content and follow the Lord our God. We don’t have that car we want? Let us be content. Those nice clothes? Let us be content. We have to eat food we highly dislike? Let us be content! All these things are fickle things and should be of no concern to us. If they do catch our thoughts and concerns, let it be in passing and let us, when we are tempted to lust after those things, rebuke our flesh and remind it that we are blessed so much as it is, by God, simply by being allowed to know Him! If we complain that we don’t have something, and we start lusting after something else, then in truth we become as the Israelites who started complain, many times because God only brought Manna from heaven day after day (Numbers 11:1)! As an example: my car isn’t the newest or best, but I assure you that until God blesses me with another vehicle, as He pleases, I will not complain but will use the blessing He has already given me, until it stops working. And even then, I will walk if God sees fit! Let us remember always to be content in the Lord our God and Father. He takes care of us! Being content with the many, many blessings He has given us already, shows that we are faithful with that which we have. And in turn God sees that He can trust us, with even more abundant blessings! But we never should seek to be blessed, just to be blessed, rather so that we can give God the glory, and share the blessings with others. If we are blessed with any abundance, let us bless others with that which we have been so graciously given by God!
The second verse for today reminds us, that we have brought nothing into this world, nor can we carry anything out of this world again! As our Lord clearly shows us in Luke 12:16-20 “And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: and he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” Truly we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out with us! We are to, as said in the third verse for today, “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” We should be content with the clothes on our back, and the food we are blessed to have available to us, whether it be Three times a day, or Three Times a week, let us be content and thankful that God has provided that for us. (Not saying we should not seek to be fed adequately, but as we seek and thank Him, let us know He will provide.)
Be reminded, if we seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, He knows what we need and does give to us, He takes care of His Children! Matthew 6:31-33 “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: ) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
The last verse for today reminds us of what we covered yesterday. We see in the Word of God, that indeed we should not seek to be rich, for the rich are brought into so many temptations, and are heavily tempted to lust after more. This causes the rich to have a hard time keeping from pride, and sin. Pride brings forth destruction into their lives, and perdition, sin, brings forth death! To be rich, is often opening a door for such to enter into one’s life, and it is something we shouldn’t seek. If we have abundance, let’s be sure to give that abundance to those who have none. The wealth and riches we have in this world, are not our own but have been graciously given to us by God’s Grace and Will. Therefore, as we have been so freely given, let us freely give as God gives us the ability!
May God abundantly bless you always, and may we bless Him in return, with our lives. Let’s always remember that we should seek to be content with what God has given us, not lusting after other things, or seeking to obtain wealth. Rather let us Trust in Him always, For He takes care of us! I love you so much and continue to keep you in my prayers. Stay strong in the Word and in the Faith which comes from hearing the Word of God!
Love in Christ, Always,
Your friend forever,
Matthew 8:17 “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.”