The Thought for the Month
At the beginning of every month a member from the assembly at Holburn Gospel Hall writes a small devotional piece.
August 2019 - Godly Contentment is Great Gain
Sometimes we are simply not content with where we are in life; we want more material benefits, yet we have more material benefits than any generation before us. Many spend more than they make and contentment eludes them. Yet for Christians contentment should be a hallmark of a Godly life. The apostle Paul wrote,
“But I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned what ever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere, and in all things, I have learned to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4: 10-13).
Paul wrote this letter while under house arrest in Rome. He had survived the ordeal of a shipwreck and was now confined because of false charges and government officials who wanted bribes. Paul circumstances were dreadful, yet he was content; his attitude did not depend on his status or his material possessions. He focused on God and his promises.
What is Contentment?
Contentment is an inner sense of rest and peace that comes from trusting God’s wise and gracious provision for us - it is the opposite of covetousness, desiring what belongs to someone else. If we were to ask, do you think God possess all wisdom and that his grace is sufficient? Most of us would say yes. But we tend to lose that perspective when troubles come. We let circumstances, difficult job
situations, insufficient wages, and health needs impede us from trusting the Lord.
How do we Learn Contentment?
In the Gospel of Matthew when he told the religious leaders, but go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice, contentment must be learned. We learn contentment by studying, memorizing and meditation on God’s promises in Scripture. Passage in Romans 8:28, “we do know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” That is a promise God made to us.
Jesus promised, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all those things shall be added unto you” (Matt 6:33). He did not say “I will add a few things to you”, all those things shall be added unto you. The ‘all things’ pertains to food, clothing and shelter – the basic necessities of Life. God promises to take care of our needs.