vv 6-7. Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.
Contentment is in short supply these days. More – Bigger – Better – are the key words for living today. Nothing, it seems, will sell in the market place unless it is better than what you now possess. You probably don’t need it, but because it is bigger/better/faster/more comfortable/higher status you might well fall for the lure and buy it. The pathway of discontent never ends. It leads away from God and to selfishness and unholiness.
Children have to learn the difference between ‘I want’ and ‘I need.’ How often parents writhe under the pressure of ‘I need’, when it is obvious that ‘I want’ is more realistic. But it is not only children; adults succumb to the same basic error of judgment. The huge sale of iPhones and other tech devices is. I suspect, based on discontent rather than need.
True godliness (holiness) with contentment is itself great wealth.
Lord, these are the riches I want, please keep me patient in pursuing them. AMEN.