A Place of Peace and Safety.
Contentment is not easy to achieve and it can easily be misconstrued.
Contentment may almost seem un-american; not striving for more is not good for business it would seem. Here in The United States of America we are bombarded with commercials everywhere telling us we need this or that. Do we? Of course not. We may want it or even crave it but when we really get down to the facts we probably admit we can live without whatever it is.
Luke 12:15 ESV
And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
So, having all our genuine needs met, serving others, in good health and safe is really having it all. Not that a big house, fancy car, latest electronic device or traveling to interesting or even luxurious places is wrong intrinsically: it becomes a problem when the quest for all of these dominates our life, perhaps becoming our god and religion.
What does GOD’s Word Say about this?
The Apostle Paul said he was content even in prison.
Philippians 4:11 ESV
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
Some people never have enough.
Some people are content with very little.
Here are some excerpts from Holy Scripture that illustrate it:
1 Timothy 6:6-8 ESV
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.
Hebrews 13:5 ESV
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Matthew 6:33 ESV
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
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