“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 6:7-8
Being content is something that every person has struggled with since Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve had the entire Garden of Eden for their use, all the trees, fruits, and animals, yet, they wanted the one fruit and thing that they were forbidden to have. They were not content with have all the rest, they wanted more.
To this day, people strive to get more and more. They want bigger, better, faster, and newer everything. There is never enough. Paul points out that a person cannot bring anything in or out of this world. Babies are not born with money, cars, clothes, or anything else. When a person dies, there is no U-Haul behind them hauling their things to the grave, he cannot take anything with him.
What does a person need in reality? Shelter, food, and clothing. If you have a roof over your head, one meal, and one pair of clothes, you have everything you need. You can only eat one meal at a time. You can only wear one set of clothes at a time. You can only sleep in one place at a time. Why do you need more?
If you have more than one meal in your possession, more than one pair of clothing, and a place to sleep with a roof, you have more wealth than most of the world.
The world tries to tell you that you must have more or else you are a failure. God looks at the heart. Is your heart content with God? Does your value rest with God or with things? If you are content with God, then you will not be a failure and you will not desire all those things. You will be content.
Living in poverty does not bring contentment or godliness. It is trusting in God and being content in Him that does.
God can provide all that you need and more. Do you trust Him to do so? Or will you look to things?
I pray today that God will reveal to you how much He has blessed you; that you will seek to be content in Jesus only; that you will give thanks to God for all that you have; and that you will not seek wealth or things, but only Jesus.