Today's Devotional Thought
January 23, 2012 by Wendy Foreman
Where is Your Contentment Found?
Godliness is great gain, but only when we are content. But what does that mean?
As I researched today's scripture, I found myself amazed at how contentment is defined. Most of us know the verses in Philippians 4 where Paul is expressing how he has learned to be content in any situation. We can look at those verses and many of us can agree that throughout our lives we have had periods of much and we have had periods of little. Prayerfully, we have learned that no matter what we have, our contentment is to be in Jesus Christ and not in what this world has to offer us materially.
Yes, we can all shake our heads in agreement. But, let me ask you this...
Do you love to shop? I mean, is this something you do every week?
I am not talking about grocery shopping or picking up some socks or underwear for your kids. I am talking about every week going to look for the latest shoes, or those perfect jeans, don't forget that great sweater that will go with those great black pants you bought last week.
I have to admit, I do love shopping. In my defense (I'm recovering in this area so be nice), my mom taught me how to shop well. I can hit the sale racks, use coupons, and gift cards and walk away with the store owing me.
It is a challenge that I love.
But, I was convicted as I read a commentary on contentment related to this verse in I Timothy.
Now, first let me say that we all need to shop for clothes and shoes. We have to have to have them. But the problem comes when we find ourselves itching for more. We think if we just have that car, that house, those shoes or handbag, then we will be happy and fulfilled.
I dare say, only for a moment will that feeling last.
How grieved would you be if you lost it all?
This question, at one time in my life, stopped me in my tracks because I (my family) did lose a lot. But, in the midst of losing it, I discovered that I would rather be grounded in my faith and in my relationship with Jesus and walking in His will, then to have all this world has to offer me.
If you lose it all and are still content, then that tells me (and God) that material things aren't what bring you contentment. Your contentment is found in Jesus Christ.
Friends, our true contentment must be rooted in eternal things and not the things of this world. Contentment is a must for us as believers because when we have it, it shows others that our perspective is an eternal one and not one that is based on how much money is in my bank account or how many cars I own or the clothes I wear.
Many of you may be reading this and shaking your head in agreement, but if someone were to look at your spending habits today what would they see?
Do you find satisfaction in buying the latest...you fill in the blank. What would happen if you suddenly lost something that you paid a lot of money for? The answers to these questions will show you where your contentment is found.
I have to be honest friends, I am doing some examining of my own life. I love to shop as much as the next girl and I love me a good bargain, but I ask myself today is it what brings me contentment. If someone were to pull out my checkbook how many entries would there be for Macy's?
As this New Year begins my prayer has been that my life would reflect Jesus in every area. I know it is a tall order, but I am striving every day. And, I was challenged as I came across this verse as well as in Philippians 4, to make sure that my contentment is rooted in nothing else but Jesus Christ.
How about you sweet friends, where is your contentment found?