I have selected this passage from 1 Timothy 6 as my verse of the week, because it is a powerful reminder for all of us to be content with the basic necessities of life. And while it is fine for us to desire (and have) other material things, let’s remember that Biblical contentment is simply defined as simple gratitude for the provision of clothing and food that the Lord gives to us each day.
God’s definition of contentment looks a little different than the world’s, doesn’t it? Now hear me: this doesn’t mean that it’s wrong for us to have goals or dreams, or that it’s good for us to embrace the other end of the spectrum – some harsh, minimalist life. In my view, the latter approach misses the poin entirely. The key here is this: whether we have an abundance of things or are in need, the issue is not the quantity of what we possess, but rather, the extent to which these things possess us.
Put another way, if the Lord has blessed you with much, then glorify Him with what He has given you – and the converse is true as well. Again, let’s bear in mind that the main idea here is contentment: trusting God for our daily bread and finding satisfaction with His provision, rather than focusing on what we lack.
Our daily bread – whether it is an abundance or just enough – is a gift, and we should remember to thank the Lord for His steadfast and tender care toward us. Indeed, great is His faithfulness! As the classic hymn reminds us, morning by morning, new mercies, I see.