I Timothy 6:6-8 “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be there with content.”
Contentment is a resting or satisfaction of mind without disquiet. It is the acceptance of one’s possessions and/or circumstances in life. Americans are some of the most fortunate people, yet many covet more and more things. Materialism has escalated to alarming proportions. We have some of the best medical care and living conditions, yet many whine at the smallest ache and at having a home that is not as good as so and so. We are blessed in abundance to the extent that many have become desensitized to what true value is. True value is not in things. One will only have contentment once they come to the point in their lives that they realize this and live by the commandment of God to be content.
Contentment with possessions is the first area one needs to master. The Bible is often misquoted to say that money is the root of all evil but I Timothy 6:10 actually says that the love of money is the root. It is not being blessed with financial wealth but rather the strong desire to have money that leads to evil. So what is the result of discontentment with one’s possessions? For starters, the desire to gain more things will often lead a person to work longer hours and/or pursue jobs that are not best for a family because of the salary it pays. Perhaps the most common result of discontentment in this area is credit card debt. Credit card companies have made quite a lucrative business on our inability to live within our means. Once debt has begun to build, it can be very difficult and frustrating to dig oneself out. These things lead to disagreements between spouses on money spend iTunes and financial situations; in fact, financial stressors is one of the leading causes of divorce. Consider the life of Solomon; he was the richest man to ever live and had everything he could ever desire yet at the end of his life he said that it was all vanity. (Ecclesiastes 1:2) Trust the promise of I Timothy 6:6-8 and be content with the Lord’s provisions.
An excerpt from Defending The Faith Through Counseling by Nelson T. Newman