Contentment

The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You support my lot.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;  
Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.                                                     Psalm 16:5-6

A person can attain wealth in two ways.  By working hard, excelling at that work, being rewarded financially for it, and saving it.  Or by being content with what one has.  Both achieve the same end —- experiencing happiness for what one has.

But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.  But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.  But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.                                  1 Timothy 6:6-11

Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.                                                                 Philippians 4:11-13

Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have;  for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you. . .”                              Hebrews 13:5

Gratitude is a character quality of maturity that is precious in the sight of God.  Contentment is gratitude for what we have, a vote of trust in our Creator to have provided us with all that He knows we need — all that is best for our situation and for His Kingdom.

O Lord, give me a heart that is contented with what You have deemed necessary for me.  Let me rest in You as a little child rests against its mother.

Surely I have composed and quieted my soul;
Like a weaned child rests against his mother,
My soul is like a weaned child within me.                                        Psalm 131:2

 

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