Learning Contentment - The One Year Sweet and Simple Moments with God Devotional

Learning Contentment

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.

1 Timothy 6:6-8

Can you think of five people right now who you know are truly content? How about four? Three? Two? One? Is contentment becoming a lost virtue?

From Philippians 4:11 we know that contentment can be learned. But does our saturated society hinder us from living in true contentment when it sends the message that things we want are really things we need, whether or not it’s true? Are we really failing or passing in this “learning contentment” education? Are we doing any homework in this area?

When we read daily what God has to say in His Word, we hear His voice and understand more clearly what He is like. We also allow Him to fill us with more of His Spirit, which gives us true fulfillment. Being with the Lord grows contentment.

Reading today’s verses, let’s ask ourselves if we are growing in godliness and contentment. Aside from spending time with God, we can avoid areas that bring us discontentment. Personally, sometimes I look at too many catalogs and then buy things I don’t need. I am more content when I am budget conscious and keep my innate “need to shop” tendencies under control.

Comparing ourselves with others is a surefire route to being discontented, so let’s avoid doing that. Discontentment will look different on each one of us, but godliness looks the same for all of us. God’s Spirit will zero in where He wants each of us to take a step of faith in obedience to Him.

Jump-start learning contentment. What is causing discontentment in your life today? Right now, rest in your present circumstances as a child of a perfect God.

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