“But godliness with contentment is great gain.” (I Timothy 6:6 KJV).
READ: Hebrews 13:5
A little boy had been nagging his grandpa all week about what he would be getting for his birthday. Finally, his grandpa with exasperation responded, “why don’t you go upstairs and pray and tell God just what you would really need.” The little boy went up, threw his door wide open and began to pray at the top of his voice, “Lord, I want a new bicycle, a new play station and the cute pair of boots we saw at the mall last week!” His mum came in and peered through the door, “Son, you really don’t have to shout that loud, God is not deaf.” The little boy looked up and whispered to her, “God may not be deaf but grandpa is!”
The Bible in James 4:1-3 helps us understand that an army of evil desires wars within us. We often want what we don’t have and can scheme, fight, quarrel and kill to get it but would not because we don’t ask God. Even when we do ask, we still don’t get it because we ask with wrong motives, wanting only what will give us pleasure. However, unlike those who have not come to know God as Father and Shepherd, we do not seek after what we shall eat, drink or wear; rather we seek after that which attracts all things – the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33).
While we wait on God to guide us through diverse experiences – times of need or seasons of abundance, a spirit of contentment is vital. God desires that we mature to that point where our joy does not depend upon the temporary such as the amount of money in our bank account or the quantity of food in our barns but like Paul, would like us to say with all confidence, “I know how to be abased and live in straitened circumstances and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance… I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me… I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.” (Philippians 4:12-13 AMP)
Father, You have promised never to leave me nor forsake me. Help me to be strong no matter what season I may be going through right now, in Jesus’ name.