Contentment that Amazon Can’t Buy
This time of year requires a fair amount of shopping. The holidays bring me into far more stores than I would normally be in, and Amazon and I know each other pretty well right now. It’s so easy to feel far from the contentment my heart longs for.
There are SO many amazing products and services out there that I never knew I “needed”. Sometimes I find myself longing for more than I have, yet I’m reminded of 1 Timothy 6:6,7:
“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. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.”
That doesn’t really look like any of my trips to the mall, but there is such a peace that comes with true contentment.
What is true contentment?
The kind of contentment that Paul is talking about isn’t just a philosophical outlook, but rather a real dependence on the sufficiency of Christ. This doesn’t mean we detach ourselves emotionally. What it does mean is that we understand the truth of Isaiah 26:3 – “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
There is a peace that passes all understanding that is ours as Believers when we place our hope and trust in Christ to provide all that HE says we need.
Does this verse sound familiar?
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
This sentence has been used countless times to bring inspiration and strength to many, but have you ever read exactly where it lands within the context of the passage?
”How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
Contentment in any and ALL circumstances? How is that even possible? Only through Him.
The greatest gift
Hebrews 13:5 says: “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.’ “
The greatest gift we have as Believers is God’s very presence…always. Jesus, Emmanuel, “God WITH us.”
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20,21)